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What is a mission in the General Interest?

With its Missions in the General Interest launched in 2004, CNR reasserts the force of its corporate model based on the principle of sharing part of the wealth generated by the river with the territories and on its long-term vision of developing the Rhone Valley.

developpement-touristique-sur-le-rhoneThe Missions in the General Interest (MGI) uphold the ambition shared by CNR and the territories: that of making the Rhone a powerful vector of economic development. That is why most of the MGIs are integrated in the Rhone Plan, a global programme of sustainable development in the Rhone Valley of which CNR is the traditional private partner.

The MGIs form an original and voluntarist approach that renews CNR’s role as a developer of the territories crossed by the river.

5-year action plans

The Missions in the General Interest are established and deployed in the framework of 5 year action plans. During the first two plans, covering a period of ten years (2004-2014), CNR carried out more than 500 actions in partnership or alone, amounting to €286 M invested in four areas:

  • Energy and sustainable mobility
  • Water resources and biodiversity
  • Economic and tourism development
  • River transport

The 3rd plan is in progress: it covers the period 2014-2018.

A partnership-based approach

travaux-sur-le-vieux-rhone-de-pont-saint-espritThe rationale behind the MGIs is joint project management with local actors without taking their place. CNR uses different levers to help carry out these projects.



  • Financial support
  • Providing its knowhow and experience of the river
  • Making land available: CNR proposed that 65% of the layout of the ViaRhôna cycle track should pass through the concession it manages so that the project could be completed more speedily.
  • Design and construction management: CNR ensures the design and construction management of environmental works such restoring the oxbows in the natural branches of the river.
  • Technical resources: CNR provides logistic support for large scale operations such as the raising of the Gallo-Roman barge buried beneath the sediment of the Rhone at Arles and now exhibited as a national treasure at the Arles Antique departmental museum.
  • Methodology: CNR helps put together requests to obtain subsidies and funds at national and at European level.
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The Rhone Plan, a shared ambition

In 2004, the Rhone Plan sprang from the aim to prevent flood risks. It progressively expanded to encompass all the challenges involving the river, its valley and its inhabitants. CNR naturally became a partner in this major project alongside the State and its public bodies, the Rhone Mediterranean Basin Committee and the Regional Councils of Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne and Franche-Comté.

10 years of MGIs in figures

€286 M invested in more than 500 actions and in 11 departments:
€64 M to develop new sources of green electricity
€152 M to support river transport for goods 
€25 M to preserve water resources and biodiversity 
€45 M to promote the image of the Rhone Valley and enhance the territories through tourism.  
3 accords-cadres framework agreements for the balanced management of natural habitats (Rhone Mediterranean Corsica Water Agency, FRAPNA and ONCFS).
€ 142 M contributed to the interregional Rhone Plan project, making CNR its main source of private funds.

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