French Capital of Biodiversity 2011

The second round of the competition was launched the 7th of February 2011 with representatives of municipalities, ministry of ecology, and the patron of the 2011 competition : Jean-Paul Jaud, the famous film maker. Municipalities were evaluated according to the projects and measures implemented in their territory to protect biodiversity. Special attention was paid to planning instruments for biodiversity protection,as well as local biodiversity, communication and raise awareness.

There were three categories of participation for the municipalities according to the number of inhabitants and two categories of groups of municipalities :

Category 1: from 2000 to 20,000 inhabitants

  • Category 2: 20,001 to 100,000 inhabitants
  • Category 3: above 100,001 inhabitants
  • Category 4: Groups of municipalities <50 000 inhabitants
  • Category 5: Groups of municipalities >50 000 inhabitants.

To participate the municipalities had to fill up a questionnaire with 33 questions divided in three chapters: 1, use of land; 2, green areas and species management; 3, communication, education and participation; Annex : indicators.

40 participants applied in the competition 2011 and presented a total of 120 projects.

There were one winner for the category 1, 2, 3, 5 - excluding Category 4 which was declared not efficient-, one special prize, one prize to a municipality in the region Ile-de-france and one French Capital of Biodiversity 2011. The Award Ceremony was held on the 19th of October and the winners were:

« French Capitale of biodiversity 2011 » : Montpellier

- Category 1: Saint-Orens-de-Gameville (Haute-Garonne)

- Category 2 : Bayonne (Pyrénées Atlantiques)

- Category  3 : Toulouse (Haute-Garonne)

-Category 5 : Dunkerque Grand Littoral (Nord)

- « Prix Natureparif » : Maurecourt (Yvelines)

- Special prize : Condette (Pas-de-Calais)


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