Mont-Blanc ascent from Saint-Gervais
©Pascal Deloche

APHN du Mont-Blanc Natural Habitats Protection Order

The Mont-Blanc site is threatened by growing pressure from over-frequentation and an upsurge in inappropriate behavior and incivilities, and a regulatory system was needed to limit damage to the environment and the spirit of the site.

A few reminders about APHN

During his visit to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains on February 12 and 13, 2020, the President of the Republic announced the creation of a natural habitat protection order (APHN) on the Mont-Blanc site. This announcement followed exchanges begun in late 2019 between the office of the Secretary of State for Ecology, Emmanuelle Wargon, and the mayors of Chamonix and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, which had led to the signing of a protocol in early 2020.

In fact, even though the Mont-Blanc massif was classified as a ” site of picturesque character ” by ministerial decree in 1951, then extended twice by decree, first in 1952 and again in 1976, this classification does not allow access to the site to be regulated, nor does it put an end to the excesses observed and protect the environment.

This is why it was decided to resort to an order for the protection of natural habitats (APHN).

Official orders of the APHN du Mont-Blanc

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