The Pays Graylois can boast of a rich and varied ecology (forests, wetlands, bird life, etc.).
Four large areas are remarkable from the environmental aspect, and have been listed as type II conservation areas: the Saône Valley, the Ognon Valley, the Monts de Gy and the Belle Vaivre, Saint Gand and Gy forests.
Two sectors form part of the [European Natura 2000 network] as sites of Community importance :
Due to its importance in the region, agriculture plays a strategic role in preserving the environment. The Pays Graylois has an interesting architectural heritage and delightful scenery.
However, there are still a number of "black spots" (agricultural buildings, housing in poor condition), which detract from the overall perception of the villages and countryside.
Despite a few inequalities within the region, waste is now being properly treated. However, there is still a great deal of work to be done on sewerage.
There are some inequalities in the treatment of household waste and, more particularly, recycling within the region and certain sectors have to contend with waste collection centres that are too far away. A door-to-door recycling system should be promoted.
Source : Pays Graylois sustainable development charter - Cabinet IAD - Feb 2003
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