A male Corncrake defining its territory Direct destruction of breeding habitat by planting poplar A meadow partly destroyed by poplar stands, partly retained for hay harvesting
Dawn in the Basses Vallées Angevines (Lower Anjou Valleys) A Corncrake G. Mourgaud compiling biometric data (LPO Anjou) A meadow destroyed by growing corn
G. Mourgaud (LPO Anjou) and a captured Corncrake Traditional mowing in the Moyenne Vallée de l'Oise

CEN Picardie

The Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels de Picardie is the programme partner in charge of actions in the Moyenne vallée de l’Oise – Contact

The Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels de Picardie aims at preserving and promoting the biological, ecological and landscape wealth of the Picardy region in order to ensure sustainability for the benefit of local people. It also seeks to census, survey, advocate and promote relevant management methods for natural environments in Picardy. Its terms of reference are social, educational and scientific.

The CEN Picardie and conservation

The organization achieves its objectives by obtaining land management or control of areas of high landscape and land use interest, such as forests, moors, meadows, grasslands, peat bogs, marshes, ponds, dunes ... Its means of action are land acquisition, lease or management agreements with owners or beneficiaries of the land concerned, and by applying all appropriate legal remedies. It manages the land which it controls strictly in order to meet its objectives and particularly to ensure that economic activities are suitable for nature conservation.

The Conservatoire carries out its actions with the approval and support of the regional authorities.

It makes its scientific and technical expertise available to the regional authorities and aims at long term commitment to the authorities, owners and users.

The CEN Picardie owns 376 ha and directly manages (for acquisition, long lease or rental agreements) 3 735 ha in Picardy on 31/12/09. Substantial land acquisition, forming an important part of the CEN’s holding, took place during two previous LIFE programmes : Sauvegarde des vallées alluviales du Nord et de l’Est de la France (1993-1997) and Gestion des prairies inondables de la moyenne vallée de l’Oise (1997-2001).

It also invests heavily in the implementation of Natura 2000 in the Picardy region.

The CEN Picardie and the Corncrake

The Conservatoire is also the operator of the Natura 2000 site “Moyenne vallée de l’Oise”, which is the main breeding area for the Corncrake in the region. It takes on the leadership role within the national action plan for the Corncrake in the Picardy region.

The CEN Picardie and the European Life programmes

  • ACNAT-LIFE - Vallées inondables du Nord et de l’Est de la France (1993-1997), N° LIFE : Life n° B4-3200 (92) 14688 du CEN Picardie : Bénéficiaire associé, montant du programme : 1 981 837,22 Francs, Contribution de l’UE : 731 755,28 Francs
  • LIFE - Élaboration expérimentale de documents d’objectifs sur 37 sites pilotes (1995-1998) N° LIFE : B4-3200/94/519 Rôle du CEN Picardie : Bénéficiaire associé Montant du programme : 60 975 € Contribution de l’UE : 50 % soit 30 487 €
  • LIFE – Tourbières de France (1995-1998) N° LIFE : B4/3200/95/518
  • Rôle du CEN Picardie : Bénéficiaire associé Montant du programme : 395 060 €
  • Contribution de l’UE : 50 % soit 197 530 €
  • LIFE – Gestion des prairies inondables de la moyenne vallée de l’Oise (1997-2000) N° LIFE : Life 96/NAT/F/3215 - B4-3200/96/514 Rôle du CSNP : Porteur de projet Montant du programme : 603 208,88 € Contribution de l’UE : 50 % soit 301 604, 44 €

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