The Natura 2000 network is a set of European natural sites, both terrestrial and marine, identified for the rarity or fragility of wild animal or plant species and their habitats. Natura 2000 reconciles nature conservation and socio-economic concerns. In France, the Natura 2000 network comprises 1753 sites.
Natura 2000 classified sites in Estérel-Côte d'Azur : the Estérel massif, the Siagne Gorges, the mouth of the Argens river, the plain and the Maures massif and the Argens valley.
The ponds of Villepey
This protected area is located between the Maures massif and the Estérel river. The ponds cover more than 260 hectares with an exceptional biodiversity. The constant exchanges between sea and fresh water make this area a unique heritage for Saint-Raphaël.Discover
The Pelagos Sanctuary
This vast territory is dedicated to the preservation of marine mammals and is the result of a partnership between France, Monaco and Italy. It is possible to observe many marine animals in the area, including dolphins, fin whales and even, for the lucky ones, sperm whales !Découvrir
The Zone of the Cap Roux Fishing Cantonment
In order to protect and manage the resources and the marine environment, professional fishermen were involved in the creation of the fishing Cantonment also called: "Cap Roux marine reserve".
With a surface area of 445 hectares, at the foot of the Massif de l'Esterel between Cannes and Saint-Raphaël is legally born a "Fishing Cantonnement" where all forms of fishing (professional and leisure) are prohibited.
The aim is to promote the protection of all favourable and essential habitats for the different life stages of marine species.
The cantonment is part of the Esterel Natura 2000 site.To know more