Translated by Anaïs Michaud

Patrimonial Navigations ...

For who ?... Why...?

Recreating the link between men and sea!

We had noticed that, in La Rochelle and Charente-Maritime department, despite the nearness to the sea, few children have already sailed and more generally, a minority of people goes to sea. Faced with the need to make people aware of global warming, environment, its fragility and wealth, we think that the patrimonial navigations match up very well to this approach, in order to raise public awareness of the importance to protect it.


La Rochelle inhabitants and the sea : towards a demaritimization ?

Analyzing the development of the maritimity of La Rochelle makes us realize that currently there is a gap between the city and the sea.

Appropriating the sea, a concept : the Maritimity

Maritimity is a concept denoting the different ways that peoples have to appropriate the sea, through their social and cultural structures. This maritimity might evolve over time, everywhere, and according to groups of people. (Françoise Péron, 1996)

A sea outing enables another approach by discovering the feeling of navigation, biodiversity, landscape components, the History and the heritage, because the landscape reading is made at sea.

In concrete terms, Patrimonial Navigations consists in the discovery of the landscape, the architectural and natural heritage that surround us by sailing.

One of the driving forces is :

" better knowledge for a better communication”.

More precisely, it's organized in 3 modules :

• The discovery of the natural and architectural heritage,

• The discovery of the local economy, marine occupations and maritime infrastructures.

• Awareness of environmental protection and the cultural heritage.

Being aware of the importance of the heritage and the environment is a first step towards an active involvement in the process of protection. By making our children understand the unique and irreplaceable value of this heritage, we will help future generations to take better care of their heritage and environment.

The World Heritage Program helps countries to propose the inscription of marine sites and manage its development effectively for future generations. Currently, the list of Marine World Heritage includes 47 marine sites.



On the Atlantic coast...,

" We protect well what we know well..."

Preserving species and ecosystems and all that they can bring to the human species, it’s conceiving a sustainable use of natural resources.

A Patrimonial navigation (coastal and / or fluvial) integrates perfectly with the objectives of the MPA ( Marine Protected Area) which is a delimited marine area that needs a long-term protection.

A Protected Marine is also characterized by a number of management measures implemented in favor of the protection objective:

A scientific monitoring, action program, charter of good conduct, protection of public land, regulation, supervision, information to the public.

This objective is rarely exclusive, it is often either associated with a local objective of socio-economic development or linked with a sustainable management of resources. Usually, the piloting is entrusted to a local body representing the different stakeholders.