The ENS policy

What is a natural area ?

An area is called natural when it is not man-made and when it has an intrinsic ecological value. The ecological assets of an area are the elements that justify its conservation – threatened and rare habitats, rare species or sheltered from wildlife.

A departmental jurisdiction

The policy for the natural areas comes under the departmental level – in accordance with the management law of the 18th July 1985. In the Pas-de-Calais, this policy has been in effect since 1978.

For more than 30 years, the department has had the right of pre-emption and – thanks to the TDENS income (Departmental Tax of the Espaces Naturels Sensibles) – the means to pursue a bold policy of land acquisition aiming to conserve its natural heritage and to introduce it to the great majority thanks to the setting up of welcoming facilities for the public (tracks, observation posts…).

This policy thus contributes to changing the image of the department and takes part in the regaining of a certain quality of life, of a lifestyle even more respectful of our territorial identity. 62 : Espaces DEpartementaux Naturels du Pas-de-Calais

Eden 62, joint association created by the department, ensures the implementation of actions concerning management, activities and development of the fragile areas. It steps in over about 5000 ha shared out by the department (2500ha) and the Conservatoire du Littoral (2500ha).

Slag heaps, marshlands, two capes site… each area has its own specific wildlife, which is precious, unknown and often threatened.

Eden 62 raises the population’s consciousness about the conservation of this heritage by organising guided walks and by interfering in the local schools, within the framework of the Eden clubs.

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