Federal Inventory of Landscapes
Name: IFP 1703 Haut Val de Bagnes
Importance: Federal Inventory of Landscapes and Natural Monuments of National Importance (IFP)
Total area: 16,768 hectares
Altitude: from 1,560 metres to 4,313 metres
Since 1977, the Haut Val de Bagnes area has been listed in the Federal Inventory of Landscapes (IFP). This currently encompasses 162 classified and protected locations. The aim of IFP listings is to preserve the diversity of Switzerland’s most precious landscapes and monitor their conservation. They establish objectives and record the quality of the various environments, such as the tranquillity and intact character of natural and wild areas in high mountain settings.
Name : District franc fédéral (DFF) and District franc cantonal (DFC)
Numbers: DFF9, DFF9 mixte, DFC 131, 133,134,136
Importance: Reserves covered by cantonal and federal hunting legislation
Type: Animal refuge and hunting reserve
Federal districts francs have existed since 1875, so that the stock of game animals, particularly ungulates (animals with hoofs), can regenerate, allowing a healthy population to be maintained. Hunting laws must also be observed by hikers and other persons making use of the land. The purpose of the districts francs is to protect species such as the capercaillie, black grouse and ptarmigan, together with their habitats. They are ideal areas for observing the development of wild animal populations, in which hunters can help to control overpopulation.