Frequently Asked Questions

Who is responsible for the management of the National Nature Reserve of the Pond of Saint-Paul ?


Since 2015, the National Nature Reserve of the Pond of saint-Paul has been managed by the RNNESP governing body, which is an autonomous personalised governing body coming under the Town Council of Saint-Paul.


Fishing is forbidden in the Pond of Saint-Paul.


False

Fishing is authorised upstream of the Pond of Saint-Paul, that is to say from the shore up to the bridge of the RN1 main road. It is regulated by a decree issued by the Prefect for each year, indicating the dates, times, techniques as well as the species authorised for fishing.


No activities are permitted within the Reserve.


False

Certain activities, such as hiking, recreational fishing, as well as watersports, are authorised within the partially protected zone. Other activities, such as cultural events, can be authorised following an application made to our services.


How can I have a guided tour of the Reserve ?


To book a guided tour, simply phone 02 62 70 28 88 from Mondays to Thursdays from 8am to 12pm and from 1pm to 4pm and on Fridays from 8am to 12pm and from 1pm to 3pm.


The Reserve is the owner of the Pond of Saint-Paul.


False.

Neither the National Nature Reserve of the Pond of Saint-Paul, nor its managing body, the RNNESP, own the land. The land situated within the totally protected zone, as well as within the partially protected zone, belongs to the Town Council of Saint-Paul, the Departmental Council of Reunion, the ONF (French Forestry Commission), as well as several private owners.


What funding does the RNNESP governing body receive?


The RNNESP governing body receives funds from several sources: subsidies from the Department of the Environment, Planning and Housing (DEAL), subsidies for running the body from the Town Council of Saint-Paul and the Departmental Council of Reunion (for the management of Sensitive Natural Environments), as well as the internal funds of the RNNESP governing body.


How to contact the Reserve?


How to contact the Reserve ?


What structures are there for waste disposal around the Reserve?


The management of waste disposal is the responsibility of the TCO : the Federation of town councils of the west of Reunion. The RNNESP managing body serves as a link with the relevant departments of the TCO and the Town Council of Saint-Paul. However, in 2016, the RNNESP collected over 200 m³ of various types of waste around the Pond of Saint-Paul. Unaware of this recurring problem, the RNNESP governing body has set up an Environmental department, with two full-time members of staff, specifically dedicated to addressing this issue.


I would like to organise an event or an activity in the vicinity of the Reserve, who should I contact?


If you wish to hold a cultural or sports event in the vicinity of the Reserve, you should address a letter to the President of the RNNESP governing body and fill in the form which can be downloaded here. Depending on the nature of the event and/or the activity, the application will be processed either by the RNNESP or by the DEAL of Reunion. Applications must be received at least XXX before the date of the event concerned.


The National Nature Reserve and management of the canals


Between 2012 and 2014, over 4.5 km of canals were reopened by the NNR of the Pond of Saint-Paul, bringing the total length up to 9 km. Since then, the hydraulic continuity of the water sources flowing out to sea has been re-established and maintained. The proliferation of floating plants (not rooted), such as Water lettuce as Water hyacinth, gives the impression of creating an obstruction to the water flow. In actual fact, the circulation of water is not obstructed, as can be witnessed by the number of indigenous species of fish and macro-crustaceans swimming up the canals opened between 2012 in 2014.