Support Calanques National Park

Grand dauphin devant les falaises des calanques de Marseille © J. Jourdan - GECEM

Help preserve an exceptional area by getting involved with Calanques National Park. The National Park is looking for your support to implement projects dedicated to conserve biodiversity and to responsibly share the natural environment. As a unifying force within your company, corporate philanthropy is a way of reinforcing your CSR policy and your commitment to sustainable development.


Why support Calanques National Park?

A long-lasting partnership with Calanques National Park will allow you to: 

  • Associate your brand with that of Calanques National Park, considered by the general public to be the most attractive National Park in France, thanks to an awareness increase from 27% to 53% in 10 years (2020 study - Parcs Nationaux de France)
  • Root your entreprise in the territory, in partnership with the National Park, a recognised player that is mainly visited by the inhabitants of the Aix-Marseille-Provence area (70% of visits)
  • Mobilise your teams with citizen actions on land or at sea, working to protect the marine and terrestrial biodiversity of the Calanques

Your advantages as a sponsor of Calanques National Park:

  • a tax reduction of 60% of the amount donated (maximum donated amount capped at 0.5% of turnover excluding VAT for companies, carried forward to the next five years if the ceiling is exceeded)
  • visibility for you as a sponsor in the National Park's media and communication campaigns
  • other benefits may be defined, up to a maximum of 25% of the amount paid

Your advantages as an individual private sponsor:

  • 66% of the amount of your donation can be deducted from your income tax, up to a limit of 20% of your taxable income
  • 75% of the amount of your donation can be deducted from your real estate wealth tax (IFI), up to a limit of €50,000

Calanques National Park is a State public institution recognised as being of public interest, and is entitled to give you a tax receipt. The accounts of the establishment are controlled and certified by an auditor. They can be consulted in our activity reports activity reports.


Become a sponsor!

Discover the projects you can support and contact us to choose your project to protect the Calanques!

Calanques National Park forms a protected ecosystem on land and at sea. It is also one of the best known and most visited natural areas in France. It welcomes over 2 million visitors per year:  landscape and heritage developments are therefore necessary.

Help maintain trails and natural areas in the Calanques

The Calanques area is in constant need of upkeep: paths, fences, dry-stone walls, eradication of invasive species, etc. Calanques National Park sets up professional, integration and volunteer workcamps to restore the most fragile sites. In particular, workcamps are a great tool for social integration and reintegration into the professional world for those most in need.

The restoration of the future visitor centre of Calanques National Park in La Ciotat 

Despite its record 3 million visitors each year, Calanques National Park still lacks a dedicated visitor centre. This will soon change. Restoration work on the former residence of actor Michel Simon, in La Ciotat at the entrance to the National Park, will enable the opening of the first visitor centre in 2025: a venue open to all, to obtain information on protected species, the marine world and the nature of the Calanques, as well as a special area dedicated to the memory of actor Michel Simon.
A crowdfunding campaign is currently underway, discover it here.

Over 200 plant and marine species to protect

Replanting Astragales and Plantago subulata

The National Park is involved in:

  • Removing invasive exotic plants
  • Replanting more than 3,500 samples of Astragales de Marseille. In France, 94% of the Astragales de Marseille are found in the Calanques. This endemic species, found particularly in Cap Croisette, is precious for cleaning up the soil on the southern coast of Marseille, a previously industrialised area, because it fixes and retains the heavy metals present in the soil
  • Replanting other local species such as the plantago subulata, which is in serious decline on the Frioul islands

You will help with the development of these heritage species, and the National Park will ensure their protection and regular monitoring.

Protection of marine species, including the Brown meagre

The Brown meagre has been protected by moratorium since 2014. This nocturnal fish, which lives in families of more than 40 individuals, is threatened by underwater hunting along the coast of Marseille. By monitoring the no-take zones that occupy over 10% of the marine area of the Calanques, the National Park has succeeded in increasing the population of the Brown meagre from 2 individuals in 2014 to more than 100 today. By the end of 2023, the moratorium protecting this species will expire. However, the National Park will continue its efforts to protect the species in the Calanques marine area.

Protecting pelagic birds, including Scopoli's shearwaters 

Living at sea for most of their lives, these rare birds migrate to the Atlantic Ocean and return to nest every five years in the Mediterranean and the Calanques. They seek uninhabited areas to breed, as they are very sensitive to human disturbance (noise and light) and to threats from small animals as well. Calanques National Park is working to eliminate human and animal presence on the Marseille islands where these protected species come to breed: in particular the Riou archipelago, the only place in France providing shelter to Scopoli's shearwaters, also knwn as the small Mediterranean albatross.


They support us

For several years now, numerous sponsors have placed their trust in us. Their support can take the form of financial contributions to projects, skill-based or in-kind sponsorship.

Assurances GMF:  welcoming the public and the most vulnerable people 

Thanks to the support of Assurances GMF, sports enthusiasts and nature lovers will receive a new welcome booklet presenting Calanques National Park, its heritage, its challenges and its risks of use. In addition, visitors with physical disabilities will be able to visit the Calanques aboard a joëlette and with the assistance of the French Alpine Club.

Interxion France, Schneider Electric France and EcoAct

Three major players in the digital and environmental sectors, Interxion France, Schneider Electric France and EcoAct, have decided to join forces to develop the first methodology dedicated to the protection of sea grass beds and enabling the certification of low-carbon projects in France, with Calanques National Park as a pilot site. This methodology will be submitted to the French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition (MTES) for validation as part of the Low Carbon Label scheme, which aims to certify projects that will help France achieve its carbon neutrality objectives.

CMA CGM Group: opening the Callelongue semaphore to the public

The CMA CGM Group has joined forces with the National Park to complete the renovation of the Callelongue Semaphore, a historic heritage building on the Marseille coast. The forthcoming works will enable the interior spaces to be refurbished, and the conditions to be created to welcome the public and inform them about the riches of the marine space and the archipelagos of the Calanques of Marseille. Together with CMA CGM, Calanques National Park is carrying out a number of rubbish collections and volunteer projects to safeguard the exceptional Calanques area.

Kaporal: posidonia meadow conservation

Kaporal and Calanques National Park are mobilising their employees to raise public awareness on mooring areas. At the heart of the partnership is the Posidonia meadow conservation programme, with several training sessions for boat captains and skippers. The Posidonia meadow is a key ecosystem for the Mediterranean basin, home to over 400 species of algae and animals (fish, shellfish), yet it is threatened on a daily basis by the increase in coastal marine tourism. Posidonia is an emblematic species for blue carbon, that is captured and stored indefinitely by this marine ecosystem.

Agapara: conservation of the Bonelli's Eagle

The partnership helps ensure the conservation of the protected species that make up the avifauna of Calanques National Park, and more specifically the Bonelli's Eagle. Calanques National Park aims to protect the habitat of the Bonelli's eagle by limiting the sources of disturbance that discourage the species' reproduction, promoting scientific knowledge of the species and raising public awareness of its protection.

IWEECH: soft mobility and visitor awareness

Thanks to a partnership between electric bike manufacturer IWEECH and Calanques National Park, awareness-raising activities carried out by National Park staff can now be carried out on electric bikes in the Calanques on Marseille southern coast.


Our public partners


For more information contact Giacomo Baldin.

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