Parc naturel régional de la Montagne de Reims

The “Parc naturel régional de la Montagne de Reims” (PNR Montagne de Reims; Montagne de Reims regional nature Park) is managed by a Syndicat Mixte, that means a local public body permitting the cooperation between local communities. It consists of:

  • the Region Grand Est (Région Grand Est)
  • the Department of the Marne (Département de la Marne)
  • 65 municipalities of the Park territory
  • 3 “gate” towns that are close to the Park (Reims, Epernay, Chalons-en-Champagne)
  • 16 public and private partner organisations

A Regional Natural Park is an inhabited rural area that is nationally recognised for its valuable local heritage and landscape, but also for its fragility. Such parks lean on extensive sustainable development plans allowing the protection and promotion of their resources. The purpose of a Regional Natural Park is to protect and promote the natural resources, human resources and cultural heritage by implementing an innovative and environmentally-friendly policy of land-use planning and economic, social and cultural development.

The mission of the Syndicat Mixte is the management of PNR Montagne de Reims and to implement the targets of its Charter, a coconstructed commitment between local communities and stakeholders for the sustainable development of the Park. As every Park in France, the Syndicat Mixte Pnr Montagne de Reims has to manage and coordinate this project. The Charter is the guideline for all the members of the Syndicat Mixte until 2024. It is on this basis that Syndicat mixte decides on actions which its technical team implements in partnership with the local actors.



The roles of a Regional Natural Park are:

  • to protect and manage natural resources, landscapes and cultural heritage. Regional Natural Parks focus on compatibly managing rural spaces, maintaining biological diversity, preserving and promoting the local natural resources, landscapes and award-winning features, enhancing and invigorating their cultural heritage.
  • to participate in land-use planning. As an integral part of national and regional planning policies, Regional Natural Parks contribute to defining and positioning the developments of its territory so they respect the environment.
  • to foster economic and social development. Regional Natural Parks lead and coordinate economic and social actions enhancing natural and human resources to ensure quality
    of life and environmentally-friendly development.
  • to provide education and information. Regional Natural Parks foster contact with nature, raise environmental awareness among their inhabitants, and encourage visitors to
    know more about their region through educational, cultural and tourist activities.
  • to encourage experimentation. Regional Natural Parks contribute to research programmes and work on new procedures and work methods that can be applied to
    other regions, both in France and abroad.

Close to the Region of Paris, and the important towns of the Region, the nature Park of the Montagne de Reims has been working about leisure and tourism management since its creation in 1976. With its new Charta of the Park, the councillors of the Park decided to work on a sustainable tourism strategy and development plan (2013-2018). This action plan had permitted to apply for the “European Charter for sustainable tourism” in 2013. This first part of the tourism charter was defined in 3 main orientations, 13 objectives and 37 actions focused to improve the offer based on the cultural and natural heritage. Most of the actions are done or finishing in 2018.