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Ecological, Educational and Eco-Touristic Use of the Gast Water-Plant Site


Collaboration between different local authorities in the Calvados department, Basse-Normandie region, helped setting off the natural beauty of the Gast water-plant and facilitated access to it.


The original eco-system of the Gast water-plant dam reservoir and its surroundings represents an area of great interest because of its flora, fauna and environment. The grove has a privileged environment that contributes ensuring this territory a specific rural identity. Unfortunately this specificity is very little emphasized and often not even recognised by the inhabitants of the area. For this reason the LAG Pays du Bessin au Virois decided to cooperate with local authorities to improve the attractiveness of the area and therefore increase its touristic potential.


The main objective of the project was to identify, describe and evaluate the ecosystems around the Gast water plant in order to better understand their functioning and to exploit the potential of the area for the development of eco-tourism activities. In addition to this goal, the project aimed to educate local population about the need to preserve environment and biodiversity around the Gast plant, and to make them perceiving it as an asset for the development of the region.

Main activities

The LAG together with associations working in the fields of water, environment protection, and rural enhancement cooperated together to: i) establish an inventory of fauna and flora of the area; ii) build fences; iii) plant an orchard, hedges and copses; iv) develop an interpretive trail and bird observatory; v) define management and evaluation measures in order to preserve biodiversity.

Results & Benefits

As a result, the project helped to preserve and promote the natural beauty of the grove and increase local population's awareness about the potential of the area. The inventory enabled to discover some areas yet insufficiently known and exploited, strengthening their touristic potential.

Lessons learnt

Bringing together public actors and various associations in integrated actions implemented at local level stimulates cooperation between different kind of stakeholders and a holistic approach to the development of environmental, economic and educational themes.

Project location and other information

Pays du Bessin au Virois, Calvados Department


Basse Normandie

RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

178 458

EAFRD contribution (€)

62 246

National contribution (€)

116 212

Contact name

Adriana BARSAN


+33 (0) 2 31 67 57 01

Languages for contact


At a glance



Final beneficiary type


Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

Start date:


End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Implementing the LEADER Approach
• Implementing local development strategies
• 412. Environment/land management


Partnership, Leader, Eco-tourism, Environmental education, Water

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