Le Ventoux biosphere reserve
Since 1990, Mont Ventoux has been part of a reserve Man and Biosphere, a label awarded by UNESCO to a territory, recognizing the ability of its population to live in an exceptional environment, while preserving it. Since 2020, the Ventoux has officially become Régional Nature Park.
MAN AND THE BIOSPHERE
Mont-Ventoux is home to an exceptional biological wealth and a great diversity of ecosystems. The Man and the Biosphere program has three functions.
1 The conservation of ecosystems, landscapes and biodiversity,
2 Sustainable development through the participation of local communities,
3 Support for research and education.
THE CENTRAL AREA
Dedicated to protection, the central area of Mont-Ventoux is made up of several entities.
– 10 km2 over the top,
Pierrier with rich flora, pseudo-alpine environment
– 4 km2 of lawns at Mont Serein,
Hosting the Orsini's Viper
– A relict beech grove on the north slope,
– 5 km2 in the Gorges de la Nesque,
Climestone canyon hosting the Golden Eagle, the Peregrine Falcon and the endemic Fabre's Nivéole
– 81 ha at the head of the Mines,
Low formations and Mediterranean-type lawns
– A Bedoin cedar forest that is of great interest to bird life.