For a long time, city and nature, rural and urban worlds ignored each other, like two opposite poles.
Today, a majority of city dwellers show growing interest in preserving the environment. In our urban areas, this trend concerns the preservation of “natural” non-urbanised zones located on the outskirts of cities.
Each urban area that wants to provide its fellow citizens with quality of living must be committed to protecting its nearby natural environment in order to preserve biological diversity.
The periurban park concept emerges from this interaction between urban and rural/natural territory. These areas bring together problems connected to biological diversity, landscape, leisure activities, environmental education and sustainable management of metropolitan areas.
Over 80% of the European population live in urban and periurban areas. Unlike “national parks” located far from densely populated urban areas, designed exclusively for preservation, the natural areas located in periurban zones have a double role: that of hosting a large public, while maintaining biodiversity.
FEDENATUR – the association of Periurban Parks in Europe