A Regional Natural Park is an inhabited, yet fragile, rural area, recognised at national level as being of major value in terms of heritage and landscape. It is organised around a sustainable development project, based on the protection and development of its heritage.
“As of 2011 there are 45 PNRs. These account for 13% of all French territory, over 7,000,000 hectares (17,000,000 acres). The parks encompass over 3,500 communes with more than three million inhabitants. The PNR system was created by a decree of March 1, 1967. The territory covered by each PNR is decided by the French Prime Minister and is reexamined every 10 years.” (Source: Wikepedia)