For 40 years, the Conservatories of natural areas (Conservatoires des espaces naturels) contribute to preserve French natural and landscaping heritage through local concertation and action. United in a national federation (FCEN), the Conservatories of the French metropolis and overseas territories manage sustainably a coherent network of 3 000 natural sites covering 150 000 hectares.
The 29 regional or departmental Conservatories of natural areas are non-profit associations. They receive funding from the state, local authorities and private partners, wihth whom they work hand in hand. Conservarories are recognised land stewards and managers, thanks to the relevance of their action built on wide local consultation. They are also major partners and references on land use and stewardship, due to their extensive scientific and technical expertise. The Conservatoires build partnerships and synergies with all key players in the area of biodiversity protection, through the development and facilitation of comprehensive territorial projects. Finally, they carry out the implementation of contractual policies to preserve biodiversity and natural resources.