LAG Nature - Creating an experimental and demonstrative network of lagoon and dune Natura 2000 sites on the mediterranean coastline of Languedoc-Roussillon.

LIFE07 NAT/F/000193

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Contact details:

Project Manager: Magali BOYCE
Tel: +33 4 67 58 43 34
Fax: +33 4 67 58 42 19
Email: life.lagnature@cenlr.org

Project description:


The coastline of Languedoc-Roussillon is low, consisting of wetlands that cover some 40 000 ha. Along this coastline, a great number of Natura 2000 sites have a similar natural heritage: the same types of lagoon habitats, perilagoons and dunes of Community interest and the same species related to these habitats.


The overall objective is to create a network of five lagoon and dune Natura 2000 sites. Such a network and other actions are expected to improve the management of each site. The specific objectives are to:

  • Directly improve the state of conservation of lagoon, perilagoon and dune habitats of Community interest, and indirectly improve the state of conservation of the species associated with these habitats. This will be done through restoration works, measures against invasive species and the management of human activities;
  • Assess the effectiveness and the impact of these actions;
  • Support the long-term protection of these habitats by launching a public awareness campaign;
  • Share the results of the project.

  • Results

    All actions achieved their objectives, except for two actions that were cancelled. In the Natura 2000 site of the Palavasian ponds, the project restored the connection between 1,000 ha of peripheral wetlands and the lagoons, improving the ecological state of the lagoons. The project also directly contributed to restoring dune habitats in the sites of Camargue gardoise (25ha of fallow land in Terre-Neuve reconnected to the Espiguette dune massif) and Basse plaine de l'Aude (4 ha of dune habitats restored by the removal of a car park). Moreover, the beneficiaries carried out experimental actions on invasive species on the 5 project sites except in Camargue gardoise, especially on the Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) for animal species and on Barbary Fig (Opuntia ficus-indica), Hottentot Fig (Carpobrotus acinaciformis), False indigo-bush (Amorpha fruticosa) and Baccharis spp. for plant species. The beneficiaries shared the knowledge acquired. Finally, they improved the management of public attendance on all sites except in Salses-Leucate. Concerning indirect impacts, the project improved the coordination of the different environmental police bodies and raised the awareness of decision-makers, tourism professionals, farmers, school children and the general public on the ecological value of the coastal natural areas. The project led to the creation of a methodological and technical guide to carry out restoration activities on lagoon and dune habitats, which may be useful to other natural area managers. The project had a positive impact on the employment at the regional level - in a region that is economically depressed. Indeed, the project used the services of local economic operators for about 908,000 euros. and directly employed 27 full-time equivalent contracts over five years.


Environmental issues addressed:


Habitats - Coastal
Risk management - Pollution control


protected area‚  coastal area‚  wetland

Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directiv ...

Target Habitat types

  • 1410 - Mediterranean salt meadows (Juncetalia maritimi)
  • 2110 - Embryonic shifting dunes
  • 2120 - Shifting dunes along the shoreline with Ammophila arenaria ("white dunes")
  • 2190 - Humid dune slacks
  • 2210 - Crucianellion maritimae fixed beach dunes
  • 2250 - Coastal dunes with Juniperus spp.
  • 2270 - Wooded dunes with Pinus pinea and/or Pinus pinaster

Natura 2000 sites

SPA FR9110042 Étangs palavasiens et étang de l'Estagnol
SPA FR9110108 Basse plaine de l'Aude
SCI FR9101408 Étang de Mauguio
SCI FR9101410 Étangs palavasiens
SCI FR9101435 Basse plaine de l'Aude



Coordinator Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels du Languedoc-Roussillon
Type of organisation Park-Reserve authority
Description The Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels du Languedoc-Roussillon (CEN-LR) is part of the "Fédération des Conservatoires Régionaux des Espaces naturels". It aims to improve and share knowledge of biodiversity, manage and acquire outstanding natural areas, assist and initiate sustainable development projects (relating to agri-environment, Natura 2000, water and wetlands etc.), and inform, train, transfer knowledge and facilitate networks.
Partners Regroupement Intercommunal de Valorisation d'Amenagement et de Gestion de l'Etang de Salses-Leucate (RIVAGE), France Syndicat Mixte des Etangs Littoraux (Siel), France Syndicat Mixte de Gestion de la Camargue Gardoise (SMCG), France Groupe Régional d'Animation et d'lnitiation à la Nature et l'Environnement - Languedoc-Roussillon (GRAINE LR), France Université Paul Valery - Mutation des Territoires en France (Laboratoire MTE), France Syndicat Mixte de la Basse Vallee de I'Aude (SMBVA), France Syndicat Mixte de Gestion de I'Etang de l'Or (SMGEO), France


Project reference LIFE07 NAT/F/000193
Duration 01-JAN-2009 to 31-DEC -2013
Total budget 2,201,834.00 €
EU contribution 1,100,915.00 €
Project location Languedoc-Roussillon(France)


Read more:

Brochure "Ensemble protégeons nos lagunes : la lettre d'information. Juillet 2011, n°4" (3.366 KB)
Leaflet "Ensemble protégeons nos lagunes" (928 KB)
Leaflet "Ensemble protégeons nos lagunes : la lettre d'inf ...
Leaflet "Protecting our lagoons together" (928 KB)
Newsletter "Ensemble protégeons nos lagunes : la lettre d'inf ...
Newsletter "Ensemble protégeons nos lagunes : la lettre d'inf ...
Press article "Projet LIFE+ LAG’Nature : Revue de presse 2008-20 ...
Project web site Project's website
Publication: Guidelines-Manual "Tools for sustainable management of lagoons: less ...
Publication: Proceedings "Biodiversité littorale : un réseau d’acteurs pou ...
Video link Présentation de l'outil itinérant "Aucel" (4')
Video link "Les lagunes du Languedoc-Roussillon, remarquables et pourtant menacées... : vers une nouvelle dynamique" (11')
Video link "L'Aucèl lance sa campagne de sensibilisation estivale" (7')
Video link "Programme de rencontres avec les acteurs locaux" (7')
Video link "La Cistude d'Europe, menacée par la Tortue de Floride" (8')
Video link "Emission de radio - France bleu Roussillon : 19 avril 2011" (6')
Video link "Une action concrète de restauration d'un milieu dunaire : quand la nature retrouve sa place" (6')
Video link "L'Aucèl, le messager des lagunes" (4')
Video link "Life-Tour" (5')
Video link "Chantier de restauration d'un ilôt de reproduction pour les Laro-Limicoles" (2')
Video link Project video (6')
Video link "Les lagunes du Languedoc-Roussilon, remarquables et pourtant menacées... : vers une nouvelle dynamique" (11')


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