Rooster, bells or cicadas: Parliament dedicates “the sensory heritage” of the countryside


Rooster or cicadas crowing, scent of horse or stable manure … Parliament adopted on Thursday, by a final Senate vote, a bill introducing the notion of “sensory heritage” of the countryside into law French.

At the initiative of the centrist group, the Chamber of Territories approved by show of hands, without modifications, a UDI-Agir bill already adopted unanimously by the National Assembly.

The case was closed in half an hour, the time remaining to the group after the examination of the text relating to sexual crimes against minors.

The Secretary of State in charge of Rurality Joël Giraud welcomed “a good proposal for a law to defend rurality”, noting that “life in the countryside implies accepting some nuisances”.

While the sounds and scents of the countryside can give rise to various disputes, the sounds and smells characterizing natural spaces are now part of the environmental code. A consecration which allows them to be inscribed in the common heritage of the nation.

For the rapporteur of the text in the Senate, Pierre-Antoine Levi, “the symbolism is strong”. And the text “can be a useful tool for local elected officials on a daily basis to support them in their educational and mediation efforts”.

The bill also provides for entrusting the regional services of the inventory of cultural heritage with a mission of study and qualification of “the cultural identity of the territories”.

Finally, the delivery of a government report on the abnormal neighborhood disturbance is planned.


Source: Challenges en temps réel : accueil by www.challenges.fr.

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