Environment: Thanks to this little-known device you can legally protect your garden

Your garden is an oasis of biodiversity and you want to preserve this natural heritage in a sustainable way? There is a legal instrument for this that individuals can use. Little known, the Real Environmental Obligations (ORE) allow each owner to define commitments on their plot in favor of biodiversity. explanation.

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What are OREs?

In 2016, the Biodiversity Protection Act created a new legal instrument: Real Environmental Obligations (ORE). New and little known to the general public, this device enables any landowner to tackle environmental issues. The signing of a voluntary contract with a structure acting for the protection of the environment confirms the implementation, on its plot, of measures and actions in favor of biodiversity.

This legal instrument is interesting for several reasons: it makes it possible to protect environments that are not necessarily protected by French law. It also has the advantage of having a long duration, as the contracts signed can cover a long period (up to 99 years). The OREs thus make it possible to protect the nature of his plot after his death, and this independent of possible changes of ownership: it is a real land tool for the protection of life in the long term.

Why enter into an ORE contract?

Faced with the collapse of biodiversity, it is up to everyone to seize the conservation of living things. 58% of the French have private gardens and 75% of French forests are private: in this context, individuals play an important role in protecting natural areas and in preserving the ecological corridors essential for the proper functioning of ecosystems .

By setting up an ORE contract on your plot, you are “doing your part” to protect living creatures on your shell. An approach started in Saint-Cyr-sur-le-Rhône (69) by Denise and Eugène Montel who signed a contract with the Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels:

“This is in line with our desire to keep our dry slope as it is, and for a long time to come, so that our humble land may still be an oasis of biodiversity! †

Mr and Mrs Montel for CEN Rhônes-Alpes

How do you implement a BHV at home?

The procedure to follow is relatively simple:

  • With whom do you conclude an ORE contract? The co-contracting party may be a public authority, a public institution or a legal entity under private law that acts to protect the environment (for example, an association). A privileged partner: the Conservatory of Nature in your sector.
  • Define commitments and actions in favor of biodiversity with the contractor.
  • Determine the duration of the commitment.

To be valid, the contract must be entered into by a notary and registered with the Land Registry Office. Note: ORE contracts are exempt from most taxes and other fees generally required for land registry registration.

What if we preserved the natural heritage of our gardens for our children and our great-grandchildren?

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