The seal, attributed by the State, is the recognition of a management style that conforms to the principles of sustainable development : marrying preservation of the landscape and the « spirit of the place », a quality welcome for the public, and participation of local people and partners in the life of the « Grand Site ».
This is a state-owned seal , registered at the National Institute of Industrial Property in 2003. It is managed by the Minister of Ecology and subscribed to the environmental code (article L 341-15-1) a law established in July 12, 2010 which established a national commitment.to the environment :
« The seal « Grand Site de France » can be attributed by the Site Minister to a well known and frequently visited classified site. The attribution of the label follows a project of preservation, mangement and valorisation of the site corresponding to the principles of sustainable development. The perimeter of the territory affected by the seal can include communes outside the classified site, if they are participating in the project. The seal can be attributed on demand, to a community group, a public establishment, a cross community group or a management organization which groups together local participants. The length (ie in time) of the award is decided when the seal is attributed».
This seal is selective and demanding. It is attributed for six years, after a recommendation from the « Commission supérieure » of sites, perspectives and landscapes, and the « Réseau des Grands Sites de France ».
It can be removed at any time if the site does not respect the commitments of protection, site promotion , local economic development and respect for visitors.