Mont Viso (France)
Situated in a transition between Alpine and Mediterranean influences, the French territory of the Mont-Viso Biosphere Reserve is a glacial cirque surrounded by river valleys and high altitude lakes with a dry and sunny climate. The enclosed area is characterized by the presence of numerous endemic species, and landscapes shaped by pastoralism and great ecologic and biologic diversity. The territory’s dozens of ecosystems include forests, rock formations and water environments. While tourism is the driving economic force in Mont-Viso, the area also sustains well-developed agriculture and forestry.