The National Inventory of Natural Heritage (INPN) is an extensive inventory programme for handling and disseminating reference information on current and former species of animals and plants, both continental and marine, natural habitats, protected areas and the geological heritage of both mainland France and the overseas territories.
A partnership tool for knowledge and dissemination
The National Inventory of Natural Heritage (INPN)
Initiated in 2003 by the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle which is fulfilling its mission stipulated in the French Environmental Code (Art L411-5), the National Inventory of Natural Heritage includes the Muséum’s naturalistic data and all the national programmes for knowledge, conservation and protection of Nature. This information system lists the current and former species of animals and plants, both continental and marine, the natural habitats, the protected areas and the geological heritage of both mainland France and the overseas territories.
This work has been carried out for 10 years, bringing together the State, scientists, local authorities and nature protection associations. The Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle Natural Heritage Department is in charge of this programme and is developing tools for gathering together the data and frames of reference for structuring it. Using this rich database, it prepares summaries necessary for expertise, drawing up conservation strategies and disseminating national and international reports and information on French natural heritage.
At the end of 2012, the INPN was designated as the national platform for the Information System on Nature and Landscapes (SINP) and disseminates data at a national level. It also informs the French National Biodiversity Observatory (ONB).
A website everyone can visit: inpn.mnhn.fr
Everyone can visit the INPN website and consult the information about Nature thanks to an information search interface to guide the public in these searches. Web visitors will find factsheets on species in mainland France and its overseas territories, a map of their distribution and their protection status. They can consult all the information on national natural areas with their geographical contours. The website presents the major national programmes supported by the expertise of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle and its Natural Heritage Department.
A newsletter regularly updates web visitors on the developments in programmes which rely on the INPN. This information can also be found on Facebook.