A variety of protective measures are in force on Belle-Île, including listed sites, Natura 2000, the Conservatoire du littoral (coastal protection agency), and designation as sensitive natural areas. The overlapping of measures may seem confusing to the layman, but they are all geared towards the same goal: protecting the quality of the island’s landscapes and the biodiversity they contain for future generations.
The Communauté de Communes de Belle-Ile-en-Mer (CCBI), through the 15 officers employed in its natural areas department, is in charge of coordinating these measures and organising the protective initiatives.
The goals of protecting Belle-Île’s natural environments:
- protect biodiversity
- control visitor traffic and restore damaged sites
- raise awareness among visitors and users
- monitor plant and animal species
- play an active part in protecting the marine environment