Quick facts

  • European Diploma of Protected Areas (code FR940005)
  • Since 1976
  • Country: France
  • Administrative region: Not available
  • Surface area: 528 km2 (52839.00 ha)
  • Marine area: Not available

Source and more information: Council of Europe


Site contact authorities

Manager Emmanuel de Guillebon Ingenieur en chef du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Foręts
Information Direction du Parc National de la Vanoise (et Association des Amis du Parc) 135, rue du Docteur-Julliand B.P. 705 F-73007 Chambéry Cedex
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General character of the site The Vanoise is situated in the Department of Savoie between the Tarentaise and the Maurienne mountain ranges. An Alpine landscape with 107 peaks of 3000m and more, sharing a border 14 km long with the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy. These two parks together constitute the largest nature reserve in Central Europe (125.000 ha). 
Quality -Diploma: category A -IUCN: category II 
Vulnerability Serious land use problems arise in the peripheral zones over such issues as tourism (ski lifts) and hydro-electric power. The central zone is uninhabited, except by graziers in summer. 
Owner Most of the park is owned by the 28 local authorities over whose areas the park extends (20 in the central zone plus 8 in the peripheral zone). The members of the Board represent the State, the department, the local authorities, the scientific community and the voluntary conservation, hunting and fishing organisations. A staff of 50 carries out administrative duties, information and research. 
Documentation Council of Europe - European Diploma Series (1976), Parc National de la Vanoise France, Strasbourg, 24 p.. 
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Geomorphology The Vanoise massif belongs to the Alpine ranges resulting from the collision between european and african plate. The extreme complexity of geology can be explained by the nearness of this collision point. Consequently, the geomorphology's forms are very various. 
Educational interest There are five centres (Portes du Parc) where information and the park newspaper "L'Estive" are available. Numerous information booklets are available. 
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