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Ecrins National Park

Award date:18.06.90
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Ecrins National Park

The Ecrins national park is bounded by the watersheds of the Romanche to the north, the Guisane and Durance to the east and south, and the Drac to the west. High mountain national park with elevations ranging from 667 to 4102 m (Barre Ecrins), it offers to mountaineers and trekkers, more than 150 peaks over 3000m high and a total area of glaciers about 113 square km. Each of the seven deep valleys that make up this national park is unique, by the composition of its soils and rocks and of its topographic and climatic characteristics. Thus, the Ecrin’s national park is composed of a mosaic of landscapes and ecosystems, and hosts about 1800 plant species including 168 of high heritage value, and more than 350 vertebrate species, including 206 species of community interest. Thanks to the bioclimatic diversity, Ocellated lizard usually subservient to mediterranean climates, rubs the snow vole and the ptarmigan, which are survivors of the last Ice age.

The Ecrin’s national park contains the unique continental strict reserve of the french national parks network, listed in the 1a-strict nature reserves category of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. This wilderness area is closed to the public and is mainly dedicated to monitoring and academic research, including the study of mountain ecosystems dynamics, particularly in connection with climate change.


For information:

Parc National des Ecrins
Domaine de Charance
05000 GAP

+33 (0)4 92 40 20 10

+33 (0)4 92 52 38 34

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