300 municipalities in Burgundy receive aid for the protection of biodiversity

300 municipalities in Burgundy receive aid for the protection of biodiversity
300 municipalities in Burgundy receive aid for the protection of biodiversity

296 towns and villages in Côte-d’Or, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire and Yonne have been selected to receive a more or less substantial budget from the State. This money should allow them to finance environmental actions.

The allocations range from €1,000 to more than €60,000 per municipality: at the end of August, the government unveiled the list of towns and villages eligible for aid “to support biodiversity”. This fund has existed since 2019 but was expanded in 2022: the total amount of aid increased from 10 million euros in 2021 to 24.3 million in 2022, for a total of 5,300 beneficiary municipalities. Among them, about 300 are located in Burgundy: most of them in Côte-d’Or, as well as in Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire and Yonne. These municipalities are located either in a Natura 2000 area, or in a national park, or in a regional natural park.

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In Burgundy, it is the city of Cluny, in Saône-et-Loire, which receives the most substantial envelope: 60,016 euros. The reason: most of the community of communes of Clunisois is located in a Natura 2000 area.This envelope can be used to plant trees, clean out ponds, level dry meadows, hire nature animators“, list François Bonnetain, president of the Natura 2000 zone.

  • La Vineuse-sur-Fregande (Saone-et-Loire)

François Bonnetain is also mayor of La Vineuse-sur-Frégande, a town which will receive 5,325 euros in endowment. He already sees several ways to use this money: “We are in the process of developing an “atlas of municipal biodiversity”, we have also planned outings to discover the amphibians, the flora, the bats… It is also planned that we list all the sources located in our municipality, in the current context of drought, to restore them. The money from the endowment could therefore be used to clean out these water points.

In the Yonne, the small village of Asquins (300 inhabitants), was awarded an endowment of 1000 euros. “I didn’t know, but that’s good news!“, rejoices the mayor Philippe Veyssière. “We have just signed an “ORE”, a real environmental obligation, with a notary. This is a lease signed with the Conservatory of Natural Areas of Burgundy, to protect biodiversity on a plot, in particular a species of butterfly, the wild thyme. The signature cost us 850 euros, so we could use this endowment to offset this cost.”

On another scale, the town of Luzy in the Nièvre is one of those who will receive the most significant amount: 24,695 euros, instead of the 15,241 euros received in 2021. Indeed, a large part of the town is located both in a Natura 2000 area and in the Morvan regional natural park. Here again, the mayor, Jocelyne Guérin, is considering several ways to invest this sum: “We have long been committed to our river, the Alène, thanks to an educational trail and spaces that we have set up to observe birds and fish. Maintenance and communication around these spaces require fees.”

The city could also use part of its endowment to finance a new phase of work planned around the Alène. “We plan, next year, to develop the fairground connected to the river. It would be consistent to use the endowment to finance this work“, notes Jocelyne Guérin.

Another lead to Luzy: “We plan to renovate the covered market, which communicates between the city center and the countryside behind. We are going to open the market to create a sort of green theater, with terraces that will go all the way to the river. We have already received aid from the Region for the development of this biodiversity, but the State grant can also contribute.”

The article is in French

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