The Aubrac plateau, straddling the Occitanie and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regions, and three departments of Aveyron, Cantal and Lozère, is a region with strong traditions and culture. Its emblematic landscapes make it an exceptional place, which will give you a change of scenery and make you live unique experiences. To preserve this region and while continuing to bring it to life, Aubrac became in 2018 the 53rd Regional Natural Park in France. But then, what is a PNR?

A Regional Nature Park is a development tool

Established by a decree of March 1, 1967 and in constant evolution since, the PNR have for vocation the development of the natural, patrimonial, cultural, landscape, agricultural and artisanal wealth of a territory. Article R.331 of the Environmental Code specifies the areas of intervention of Regional Natural Parks:

  • Sustainable economic and social development.
  • Land use planning combining quality of life and respect for the environment.
  • The protection and management of the natural, cultural and landscape heritage.
  • Reception, information and education on heritage and the environment.
  • Innovation, experimentation and cooperation.

The Aubrac Regional Nature Park, above all a territorial project!

The 2018-2023 Charter, drawn up for the Regional Natural Park, is a project based on the principles of sustainable development and drawn up in consultation with all local stakeholders. It sets, for 15 years, the objectives of development, enhancement and preservation of the territory as well as the concrete measures to be implemented.

Why a PNR on Aubrac?

Michael Raynal
Aubrac cows pasture

Located in the south of the Massif Central, Aubrac is a rural region of medium mountains, preserved, where the 4 seasons are still well marked. The Aubrac plateau straddles three departments, Aveyron, Cantal and Lozère. If this administrative division can complicate things, the creation of the Regional Natural Park of Aubrac makes it possible to speak of the same entity: Aubrac.

The Aubrac plateau is made up of many riches that need to be protected:

  • a very lively agriculture, with the breeding of the emblematic Aubrac cow,
  • many skills, such as craftsmanship around the Laguiole knife,
  • a well-established gastronomic and cultural heritage,
  • unique natural environments with remarkable landscapes, fauna and flora.

It is to safeguard and enhance all these riches that the communities and municipalities committed alongside the State and the socio-professionals who make up Aubrac, have decided to create a Regional Natural Park.

Tradition without modernity is sterile; modernity without tradition is blind

Aubrac, its large expanses, its landscapes with infinite gentle curves, its cows and its burons. Aubrac is also beech forests, streams, lakes and waterfalls, steeper areas and deep gorges. Discover the landscapes that make up the Aubrac massif:

Where is the Aubrac PNR located?

The Regional Natural Park is located south of the Massif Central. It is bordered to the south by the Lot valley and to the north by the Truyère gorges. If you choose Laguiole as the central point of the plateau, we are 2h from Clermont-Ferrand, 1h from Saint-Flour and Rodez, 2h30 from Toulouse and Montpellier, 4h from Lyon. Isn't this an ideal situation for a reunion when you are scattered all over France?

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