Nature-based solutions in the Camargue’s former saltworks
In order to mitigate the consequences of climate change that are predicted to increase in the 21th century, Nature-Based Solutions appear more and more as an efficient answer on a long-term basis, economical for public finances, and positive for natural ecosystems.
This leaflet introduces to this concept and presents the way it is implemented in the Lagoons and Marshes on the former Camargue Saltworks by the managers of the site, of which the Tour du Valat.
Bibliographical reference: Segura L., M. Thibault & B. Poulin. Nature based Solutions: Lessons learned from the restoration of the former saltworks in southern France. Tour du Valat. 2018. France.
Greater Flamingos in the Camargue
The Greater Flamingo is one of the most iconic species in the Camargue. 2 metres tall with a 1.80 m wingspan, it has been on the list of protected species in France since 1981.
What explains its remarkable colour? What is its lifespan? Since when and where does it nest in the Camargue? What are the threats affecting the species, and what measures have been put in place to protect flamingos?
You will find the answers to all your questions in the new information booklet on Greater Flamingos in the Camargue in our ‘Science & Management’ series.
Bibliographical reference: Béchet A., Thibault M., Boutron O., 2017. Les flamants roses en Camargue. Tour du Valat, Arles (FRA) 27p. ill.
European Pond Turtles in the Camargue
The European Pond Turtle is an aquatic turtle with a blackish shell that is spotted yellow. Present in the Camargue, it is one of the most endangered reptile species in Europe.
How can you recognise it? What is its favourite habitat? How long has it been present in the Camargue? What are the threats it faces, and what measures have been taken to protect it?
You will find the answers to all your questions in the new information booklet on the European Pond Turtle in the Camargue in our ‘Science & Management’ series.
Bibliographical reference: GAUTHIER-CLERC M. & OLIVIER A., 2011. La Cistude d’Europe en Camargue. Tour du Valat Arles (FRA) 20p. ill
Collared Pratincoles in the Camargue
The Collared Pratincole is a migratory waterbird that winters in Africa and is very locally present in the Camargue from the spring to the end of August. Although the species is not threatened globally, its presence in France has nonetheless been significantly compromised for several decades.
How can you recognise the Collared Pratincole? How long has it nested in the Camargue? What measures have been taken in the Camargue to protect the species?
You will find the answers to all your questions in the new information booklet on the Collared Pratincole in our ‘Science & Management’ series.
Bibliographical reference: VINCENT-MARTIN, N. (2007). Statut de conservation de la Glaréole à collier Glareola pratincola en Camargue : identification des facteurs limitant la reproduction. Diplôme EPHE – CEEP – Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat – EPHE. 172 p.
Unpalatable species in Camargue rangelands
Unpalatable species are plants that are little or not at all consumed by domestic herbivores, and which develop to the detriment of the species that are consumed. By not eating some plants, domestic herbivores create some highly grazed zones and others that are more or less abandoned.
What unpalatable species have been identified in the Camargue? What factors encourage or limit their growth? What means are effective or ineffective for fighting against them?
You will find the answers to all your questions in the new information booklet on unpalatable species in Camargue rangelands in our ‘Science & Management’ series.
Bibliographical reference: Willm L., Yavercovski N., Mishler L., Mesléard F., 2012. Refus de pâturage dans les parcours de Camargue. Tour du Valat, Arles (FRA) 44p. ill