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Garonne Valley, a cross-border area: Natura 2000 Mountain Garonne site

Countries: Spain, France
Border(s): France-Spain-Andorra,
European programme(s):
Interreg IIIA - France-Spain
- The environment, resources and waste
- Watercourses
- Natural and rural areas

Lead partner: SMEAG (Syndicat Mixte d´Etudes et d´Aménagement de la Garonne)

Implemented within the framework of "La Vallée de la Garonne, un territoire transfrontalier" (The Garonne Valley: a cross-border area) project, which was initiated by the Généralité de Catalogne (the Generality of Catalonia), the Conseil Général du Val d´Aran (the Departmental Council of the Aran Valley) and SMEAG, this "sub-project" aims to create a Natura 2000 cross-border site around the Garonne.


  • Généralité de Catalogne (the Generality of Catalonia)
  • Conseil Général du Val d´Aran (the Departmental Council of the Aran Valley)

Project goals

Natura 2000 is a European network consisting of sites of particular natural interest (coming under the European ´Birds´ directive of 1979 and ´Habitat´ directive of 1992), with the aim of preserving biodiversity, particularly in rural and woodland areas. The objective is to promote an appropriate management policy for natural habitats and wild flora and fauna habitats, while taking account of economic, social and cultural requirements, in addition to particular local and regional features.

Target group(s)

The local population; Tourists

Project activities

Designing a management plan for a cross-border Natura 2000 site called "Garonne montagnarde" (Mountain Garonne).

  • 1. Feasibility study.
  • 2. Study on the allotment of the St. Joan de Toran dam on the site Arribera deth Garona.
  • 3. Designing a management plan.

Total cost

45 734 €