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THE DORDOGNE river basin has been named a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

UNESCO recognized the area as being remarkable for its well-preserved natural setting and the exceptional cultural heritage and art de vivre linked to it.

It says: “The economy of its basin is largely based on tourism, agriculture and forestry, but also industry, benefits from its natural resources, the beauty of the scenery and the prestigious image given by the Dordogne and its many tributaries.”

The aim of the labeling, says UNESCO, is to encourage people to “maintain the symbiosis between nature and man which characterizes the Dordogne basin”; and to “stimulate [people’s] imagination and energy” to make sure progress goes hand in hand with respect for the environment.

The Dordogne flows over 300 miles from source to sea. On its journey from source on Mont-Dore it passes through the departments of Puy-de-Dôme, Corrèze, Lot, Dordogne and Gironde creating some of the most spectacular scenery to be found in France.

Europe’s rivers were, a thousand years ago, its medieval highways. The Dordogne River being one of France’s most strategic, it’s not surprising some of this country’s most formidable castles & fortified houses were built because of its proximity. The labeled area – 24,000 square kilometers – joins 10 other areas of natural heritage in France to have been so designated in the past. They include the Mont Ventoux in the Vaucluse, the Cévennes and the Camargue.

Our sources for this blog post beyond our own contributions included content from both Sandra Sheridan’s Blog site: and UNESCO is the acronym for: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization/

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Merci et à bientôt! Jack


November 11, 2012 - Posted by Jack Tobin