The protected areas under the responsibility of the DAC Guadeloupe consist of historic monuments. These are determined by the Adapted Protection Perimeters (PPA), the Modified Protection Perimeters (PPM) and the Demarcated Perimeters of the Approaches (PDA) of the Remarkable Heritage Sites that were created by law no. 2016-925 of 7 July 2016 on creative freedom, architecture and heritage.
They were created to clarify the protection in favour of urban and landscape heritage in replacement of the old protective devices that are : the protected areas, the architectural, urban and landscape heritage protection areas (ZPPAUP) and the architectural and heritage development areas (AVAP). These were automatically transformed by the law of July 7, 2016 into remarkable heritage sites.
In France, more than 800 outstanding heritage sites have been created since July 8, 2016.
Article L. 621-42 of the Heritage Code states: Notable heritage sites are those towns, villages or neighbourhoods whose conservation, restoration, rehabilitation or development is of historical, architectural, archaeological, artistic or landscape interest. Rural areas and landscapes which together with these towns, villages or neighbourhoods form a coherent whole or which are likely to contribute to their conservation or development may be classified in the same way. ». The DAC also manages, on behalf of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE), work authorizations for sites listed and classified under the Environmental Code. This policy is part of the public action in favour of the architectural, urban and landscape heritage and the living environment.
In parallel with the management of protected areas, the DAC contributes, in partnership with local and regional authorities, to the implementation of heritage development policies, landscape preservation and architecture awareness through various labeling tools: labels «Ville ou Pays d'art et d'histoire», «Parcs naturels régionaux», «Jardin remarquable» and «Label XXe».