The mild winters, warm summers and expanses of smooth waters are what make the Aigues-Mortes Salt Marsh an invaluable wetland heritage. The Aigues-Mortes Salt Marsh an invaluable wetland heritage, which is the world’s second largest biological asset after the tropical rainforest, plays a major role in maintaining biodiversity.
Migratory birds are left virtually undisturbed in their huge Camargue expanse. This enormous food reserve and breeding ground is of paramount importance for the birds nesting here over spring and summer.
The wild nature legacy
Salt cultivation at Aigues-Mortes Salt Marsh has enable the preservation of thousands of hectares of natural land along the Mediterranean coast, maintaining its original ecosystem of exceptional flora and fauna. Careful maintenance by salt workers has enable this area to develop a rich and distinctive ecosystem.
Specific and distincitve flora associated with salt cultivation. The Aigues-Mortes site lists 208 plant species, 20 of which are protected.
Aigues-Mortes Salt Marsh is committed to the Natura 2000 charter concerning the respect of best environmental practices over a 5-year period. On signing this charter the Compagnie des Salins du Midi acknowledged the ecological value and the exceptional cultural heritage of their rare or endangered habitats and species on a European scale and promised to protect them. This concerns 6 294 hectares of wetlands on the Aigues-Mortes salt marshes.