Cross border nature

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In Eastern France and Western Germany there is 3000km2 of a biosphere reserve called ‘Parc Naturel Régional des Vosges du Nord – Pfälzerwald’. It is the largest uninterrupted forest area in Western Europe.
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It’s an opportunity to develop an interactive system, man environment leading to sustainability in cultural, social, economic and ecological terms



this cross border biosphere reserve demonstrates, nature knows no boundaries.  The conservation and protection of the Les
Vosges du Nord – Pfälzerwald reserve is reliant on the cooperation of the
authorities and communities in both France and Germany.

well as developing sustainable methods in managing natural resources, this
cooperation also aims to establish a strong relationship between the population
and their environment. With the participation of local communities, methods of
organic production and sustainable tourism are being explored through research
and educational programmes.


France and Germany have set rules governing the development and use of the reserve
through an application of zones.  Les
Vosges du Nord – Pfälzerwald is divided into 3 zones with each zone having a
different protection status permitting certain activities. In some areas,
visitors are able to make use of the trekking trails and mountain bike routes. Other
areas are being developed for ecologically sound agriculture or are assigned as
areas under strict protection where no human activity is allowed.

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