The Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Conservatoire dulittoral et des rivages lacustres signed on Thursday, February 24, 2011 a partnership agreement for the achievement of their common objectives for the protection, the conservation and enhancement of the heritage of the territories managed by the Conservatoire du littoral.

This convention consolidates the existing partnership for monuments
protected under the Heritage Code of the Conservatory’s properties
and extends its purpose to all heritage, material and
of these territories, beyond the built heritage alone. These
heritage are inseparable from the history of these spaces and that of
men who occupied them to live there, to work there, who clashed there,
often for access to, or inspiration for, inland lands
artistic works. This convention provides for the closer association of
regional cultural affairs directorates in advance of acquisition projects
led by the Conservatory’s shore delegations.

The Conservatory currently manages 139,000 ha on more than 600 sites,
representing 12% of the coastal linear. These spaces include
heritage of very diverse natures such as, for example, the abbey of Beauport,
the forts of Tatihou and Ile-aux-Moines, the dyked areas of the basin
d'Arcachon, the Eileen Grey villa and the Le Corbusier shed in Roquebrune-Cap
Martin, the Genoese towers of Campo Moro or Omingnia in Corsica, the rocks
pre-Columbian engravings in Guyana, the heritage of the sugar industry in
Guadeloupe, military heritage or signalling elements
maritime...

The action programme defined by the Convention provides for the exchange of expertise
between the two entities in order to develop:
identification, knowledge and conservation of heritage
immaterial attached to these territories;
its exploitation, through actions, notably by the
networks of Cities and Countries of art and history which include many
coastal towns or maritime museums;
the preservation of the Conservatory’s archives and their enhancement for
a shared understanding of the history of shorelines and lake spaces.

The signing of this convention illustrates the importance attached to preservation
territories and all architectural, heritage and landscape features
which comprise them.