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The European mink is one of the most endangered species in Europe. It is classed as a species of primary importance in the Habitat Directive in Europe. According to the IUCN, in France, it is one of the three most threatened mammal species.

In France, it is present in 7 departments in the South-West of France. Twenty years ago, its home range was twice this size.

In Charente and Charente-Maritime, observation data of European mink was recorded. It showed that the Charente River catchment is one of the last favorable habitats for this species with the added advantage that there is no established American mink population, an alien competitor.

In this context, the European Mink Life programme “Conservation of the European mink and associated community interest species and habitats of the Charente River catchment” was launched in September 2017 to save this species from extinction.

European mink

European mink – © Gilles Martin/LPO

General information about the programme

This programme is coordinated by the LPO in partnership with the Department of the Charente-Maritime and the GREGE (experts in semi-aquatic mammals). It will last for 5 years from September 1st 2017 to November 30th 2022 in two French departments, the Charente and Charente-Maritime.

This project has a budget of 3.954.771€.

LIFE Vison

The European mink

It is a carnivorous mammal belonging to the Mustelidae family. It is classified as “critically endangered” according to IUCN’s Red List of threatened species.

Beneficiary coordinator

Associated beneficiary

With the financial support of


LIFE VISON Project Coordinator

Ingrid Marchand

Phone :

+33 5 46 82 12 45


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