View of the Pays de Gex

Ranger on winter surveillance duty in the High Jura (Photo credits: RNNHCJ).

Management Plan

During the 1960s and 1970s the government thought that regulation was enough to preserve these natural areas, as with classified monuments. It is now clear that natural spaces continuously evolve, with conditions influencing various species; this is intensified by human intervention in traditional activities such as forestry or pastoral farming, both of which are well developed on the High Chain of the Jura.

The law (decree no 2005-491 of 18 May 2005) currently provides for the application of a “management plan” which must clarify conservation issues and goals, draw up the procedures and specify priorities. The schedule, originally planned to take 5 to 7 years, is now more likely to last 10, or even 12 years, taking natural events into account.

The National Nature Reserve of the Haute Chaîne du Jura has drawn up its first management plan for the period 2002-2006, extended until 2008, which has enabled a diagnosis to be made and revised. The second management plan T covered the period 2009-2018. It was evaluated at the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019. Finally, the third management plan, currently in progress, will cover the period 2020-2029.

The evaluation of the second management plan and the documents related to the third management plan can be downloaded below.

 Evaluation of the Management Plan 2009-2018

Evaluation PG2


Complete Management Plan 2020-2029

Section a Section B Section c


Simplified management plan 2020-2029

PG3 simplifié