The Loire River interregional programme, known as “Plan Loire grandeur nature” was decided by the French government in 1994, after fierce ecological conflicts concerning the construction of dams. Initially a top-down approach, this Plan has become, 15 years later, an interesting example of stakeholders’ involvement, opening the way to a “peaceful” (not to say “smooth”) integrated management of the Loire river basin.
From 2007 to 2013, this Plan can rely on two interregional legal and financial instruments: As regards the national framework, a State/Water Agency/Regions/Loire River Basin Authority contract; As regards the European framework, an EU Operational Programme with ERDF funding. The global budget for the 2007-2013 period amounts to 400 M€.
In the framework of this Plan, the key fields of action are the following: Prevention and management of flood risks / Reinforcement of dikes, levees and spillways / Management of water resources / Enhancement of the Loire Valley natural and cultural heritage / Development of research and data exchange.