The territory of the Calanques National Park is full of heritage treasures which constitute a common good of humanity and which it is a question of preserving in a context of global change.

Indissociably urban, terrestrial and marine, the Calanques National Park presents a coastline that is both very inhabited and wild, where the intensity and complexity of the issues are articulated between terrestrial and marine spaces, in the midst of nature and peri-urban, to be understood in the same system.

In the heart of the Aix-Marseille Provence metropolis and undergoing multiple pressures (urban pressure, pollution, overcrowding, excessive harvesting, forest fires, etc.), this natural gem has been the subject of a desire for almost a century strong protection.


Supported project

The L’OCCITANE Foundation supports the Calanques National Park in the context of the creation of an educational and conservatory garden on Ratonneau Island on the Frioul archipelago in Marseille.

This project aims to raise awareness, enhance and publicize the flora of one of the driest sites in France, which offers remarkable landscapes shaped by the sea and the mistral. Among the original species adapted to these very particular conditions (wind, strong sunshine, salt spray, drought ...), the Marseille Astragalus and the Plantain with alene leaves will be represented in this garden. It will thus meet a double objective: on the one hand, the fight against the erosion of biodiversity in favor of rare and endangered plant species and, on the other hand, environmental education and awareness raising of the general public to the challenges of natural heritage conservation.


Project supported since 2019

Thanks to this project, in 2019, the L’OCCITANE Foundation is helping to plant 3,000 plants. By 2025, 30 plant varieties will have been preserved.

Total budget 15 000 euros

Final goal 30 preserved varieties