The french section

The French Section comprises an informal group of French members and does not have a legal status.

Founded in 2004, the EUROPARC French Section met several times without setting up a specific work programme.

Then in 2009, Parcs nationaux de France and the French Federation of Natural Regional Parks joined forces to revitalise the French Section. This step was concretised on 17th March 2009 by a meeting of the French Section that enabled the internal rules and regulations of the Section to be revised in the aim of setting up a section that would be part of the EUROPARC Federation. During this meeting, the members unanimously elected the new President, Jean-Pierre Giran and the Vice-President, Dominique Lévêque, who suggested drawing up an action plan for 2009-2010 based on the following three areas: The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism, European lobbying and Communication.

Parcs nationaux de France and the French Federation of Natural Regional Parks take turns in hosting the presidency of the French Section and the internal rules and regulations provide that the head office of the Section shall be situated at the head office of the organisation in charge of the Presidency.

Section française d'EuroparcConsequently, for the period 2009-2011 the head office of the French Section is in Montpellier (Château de la Valette, 1037 rue Jean-François Breton, 34 090 Montpellier) as the presidency is currently held by Parcs nationaux de France. The administration and coordination of the Section is ensured by Anne L’Epine from Parcs nationaux de France.

The French Section meets at least twice a year for a General Assembly and a more technical meeting.