As a public institution created in 1991, Voies navigables de France (VNF) manages, operates, improves and develops the largest European network of inland waterways. It consists of 6,200 km of canals and managed rivers, more than 3,000 structures and 40,000 hectares of public river. Its role is to provide users with the best possible quality of service and develop inland waterway activities while preserving the environment and water resources.
Its priorities is to:
• Manage, operate and improve
inland waterways and the area assigned by the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.
• Develop inland waterway transport.
Increase the modal share of non-road and non-air transport from 14 to 25% by 2022 (...).
Build, as owner, the Seine-Northern Europe
broad gauge canal, which is the flagship of the Grenelle Environnement forum (environmental conference in France) for its economic and ecological benefits.
• Optimize the water management
of these inland waterways.
• Support regional authorities
to develop river tourism.
These activities are performed within the framework of technical work preserving the environment and natural settings.
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