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Management of the “Marais du Vigueirat”

L’article L 322-9 du Code de l’Environnement prévoit que « les immeubles du domaine relevant du Conservatoire du littoral peuvent être gérés par les collectivités locales ou leurs groupements, ou les établissements publics ou les fondations et associations spécialisées agréées qui en assurent les charges et perçoivent les produits correspondants. Priorité est donnée, si elles le demandent, aux collectivités locales sur le territoire desquelles les immeubles sont situés. Les conventions signées à ce titre entre le Conservatoire et les Gestionnaires prévoient expressément l’usage à donner aux terrains, cet usage devant obligatoirement contribuer à la réalisation des objectifs définis à l’article L.322-1 ».

According to this article, the Coastal protection agency, owner of the Vigueirat Marshes, does not intend to manage the sites it owns, so he entrusts the management to other structures (municipalities or other local authorities, associations).

Since the site is managed, a succesion of management agreements have been signed between different managers and the owner.

While the first acquisition by the Coastal protection agency on the Vigueirat Marshes were held in 1982, the first site manager has been elected in 1987 : it was the Sansouire Foundation (manager of the Tour du Valat research center).

For the years 1998 to 1991, the management was then entrusted to the Syndicat Mixte de Gestion of the Palissade estate.

Thereafter, the city of Arles became the manager of the site but was first delegated the management to the Sansouire Foundation from 1992 to 2000 and to the « Amis des Marais du Vigueirat » for 2001 and 2002.

It was only from 2003 that the « Amis des Marais du Vigueirat » got the public service delegation naming them the site managers. A partnership was then established with the city of Arles, which, depending onthe progress of projects, was then associated with the Toursit office of Arles and WWF-France.

History of the estate managers of the Vigueirat Marshes

Period Managers
August 1987-January 1988 Tour du Valat Research center
January 1988 – December 1991 Syndicat Mixte de Gestion of the Palissade estate
January 1992 – December 2000 City of Arles delegates the management to the Sansouïre Foundation (Tour du Valat)
January 2001 – December 2002 City of Arles delegates the management to the  « Amis des Marais du Vigueirat »
January2003 – December 2007 Amis des Marais du Vigueirat in public service delegation in partnership with the city of Arles and the WWF-France
January 2008 – December 2008 Amis des Marais du Vigueirat in public service delegation in partnership with the city of Arles
January 2009 – December 2010 Amis des Marais du Vigueirat in public service delegation in partnership with the city of Arles and the Tourist Office of Arles
January 2011 – December 2013 Amis des Marais du Vigueirat in public service delegation in partnership with the city of Arles and the Tourist Office of Arles and the WWF-France