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.

Use of these areas is often poorly managed, due to their strategic location. It is thus essential to increase efforts to protect fragile ecosystems.

Fedenatur (European Federation of Metropolitan and Periurban Natural and Rural Areas) was created following the 2nd Symposium on natural areas in metropolitan and periurban zones, which was held in Barcelona in 1995 and inspired by the Rio Summit Meeting of 1992. It therefore appeared necessary to establish a network of exchanges between periurban site managers on a European scale.
Protecting nature and developing periurban leisure activities
Over 80% of the European population live in urban and periurban areas. Unlike "natural parks" located far from densely populated urban areas, designed exclusively for preservation, the natural areas in periurban zones concern a larger public, while maintaining attractive biodiversity. This is why we feel that these sites should be considered in the same manner as other regional development areas.

The periurban fringe is a fundamental element for territorial balance, with a cultural and social mission.
An Association at a European scale
Fedenatur includes urban and periurban areas with environmental quality, which are protected by urban or environmental regulations corresponding to the legislation of different European States.

We firmly believe that the protected areas near cities can help guarantee better relations between the city-dwelling population and nature, and maintain transitional balance between urban and rural areas.

Fedenatur's role:
  • Promoting protection and enhancement of metropolitan or periurban natural areas through management and preservation policies
  • Co-ordinating, debating, and sharing regional development experiences among Federation members
  • Defending the diversity of ecosystems and landscapes thanks to improved management of resources found in these areas.
  • Giving special attention to citizens' recreational and entertainment needs, based on the use of an area compatible with environmental preservation. Developing tools for environmental awareness, information transmission, and education with this goal in mind.
Developing tools for environmental awareness, information transmission, and education with this goal in mind
Fedenatur is an association controlled by statutes approved on 17 December 1997. Periurban park managers in metropolitan areas of Europe may join as ex officio members, as well as non-managing members who are interested in preserving natural areas.The annual general meeting, made up of members representing protected spaces, is organised to debate and approve the programme of actions.

In order to favour the exchange of experiences according to planning models, management, protection, awareness, and financing models, technical work commissions are composed at the request of associates.

Fedenatur also organises technical work days, conference cycles, and visits to natural parks, and promotes joint projects between members of its association; it therefore represents the interests of protected areas in metropolitan zones, on an international level