Your research

Support the territories with missions of general interest

  1. Home
  2.   - Strategy
  3.   - Support the territories with missions of general interest

The River Rhone is a common good and a treasure to be shared, preserved and exploited for the benefit of all. CNR acts in close collaboration with territorial actors to implement strategic developments that contribute to the economic dynamism of the territories and to sustainable development. CNR concretises this action in the framework of its Missions in the General Interest (MGI).

Original approaches implemented according to 5-year plans

Driven by the will to make the Rhone a powerful vector for economic development, the Missions in the General Interest (MGI) are deployed in the framework of 5-year plans. This allows CNR to involve itself in the long-term with a common vision of the Rhone Valley’s development. The MGI respond to specific needs through continual adaptation to the reality of the territory, thanks to constructive exchanges of information with partners (local authorities, associations, federations, etc.). This philosophy allows CNR to support projects driven by the territories and to carry out others that respond to their expectations in a wide range of areas.

Missions in the General Interest broken down into 5 sections

Launched in 2004, CNR’s Missions in the General Interest (MGI) concern 5 main sectors.

Energy and sustainable mobility

The development of electric mobility and the construction of small hydropower plants in the Rhone Valley.

Water resources and biodiversity

Preservation of the river’s ecological wealth, restoration of the natural functioning of aquatic ecosystems (fish passes, rehabilitation of oxbows and alluvial flood plains, etc.) and support for environmental research on better water resource sharing.

River transport

The assertion of the Rhone-Saone corridor as a major trade route between the heart of Europe and the Mediterranean: drafting of strategic partnership documents, development of Port de Lyon Edouard Herriot and industrial and port sites in the valley with the construction of infrastructures (installation of a new travelling gantry crane for handling containers at Port de Lyon, construction of a public wharf at Port de Le Pouzin), contribution to safety for navigation, services to skippers (development of a navigation simulator).

Economic and tourism development

Exploitation of the cultural and historic heritage of the territories, participation in territorial projects (ViaRhôna, industrial tourism, etc.). Construction of landing stages for river passenger cruisers between Lyon and the Mediterranean, etc.


The fourth Missions of General Interest plan aims to strengthen CNR’s commitment to the agricultural profession, in particular to assist it in its adaptation to climate change. By initiating partnerships with stakeholders in the agricultural sector, CNR is taking action to promote agriculture with a high economic and environmental value in the Rhône Valley.

Learn more about sustainable agriculture

Consultation with the territories and favouring local employment

CNR is never alone when developing the Rhone Valley. It does so in close collaboration with all the stakeholders for all the future development projects. Local authorities, administrations, associations and local populations, companies and farmers are regularly associated with projects, in particular through the creation of local committees.

Mentioning local roots also means talking about active participation in the economic life of each territory involved. To achieve its objectives, CNR collaborates with more than 5,000 companies, local authorities and associations in the Rhone Valley. 15,000 direct and indirect jobs have been generated following actions carried out by CNR. 85% of these jobs are located in the Rhone Valley.

Making the Rhone a source of attraction

CNR carries out actions to favour the appropriation of the River Rhone by the population of the Rhone Valley through angling and leisure activities. The goal is to make the valley’s inhabitants aware of the wealth and advantages of the river, but also of its fragility and the need to take care of it.

Regarding angling, CNR restores natural habitats, increases the compensation water in the natural reaches of the Rhone, ensures fish continuity by building fish passes, and forges partnerships with all the angling federations of the Rhone Valley.

As for nautical activities, CNR has developed a large number of leisure areas and marinas to promote canoeing and kayaking, rowing and even rafting in specifically modified rivers.

CNR participates in enhancing the heritage of the Rhone Valley in order to make tourism a strong economic lever for the benefit of the territories (extension of the Museum of Antiquity in Arles to accommodate a Gallo-Roman barge, the restoration of the footbridge at Rochemaure, support for the regional jousting league, the living heritage of the Rhone Valley, etc.).

CNR has also assisted and financed 20% of the cost of building the ViaRhôna, a dedicated cycle track along the Rhone and a genuine link between the territories, since this 815 km path for soft modes of transport will eventually join Lake Geneva with the Mediterranean Sea! It’s a major boost for tourism development.

MGIs integrated in the Rhone plan

The Missions in the General Interest (MGI) driven by CNR are part of the Rhone plan. Originally conceived to ward off flood risks, the Rhone Plan has progressively been widened to encompass other stakes of the Rhone, it’s valley and inhabitants: these stakes are notably economic and environmental. CNR has therefore naturally become involved in this major project alongside the government and its public institutions, the Rhone-Mediterranean Basin Committee, the Regional Councils of Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and EDF.