Our actions

In charge of a public service, French Waterways Institution / Voies navigables de France (VNF) is responsible for : 


  • Operating, maintaining, servicing, improving, extending and promoting navigable waterways
  • Promoting and developing waterway transport and contributing to report modal
  • Ensuring flow management for waterways as well as exploiting hydraulic energy on an ancillary basis
  • Supporting sustainable development and planning of the area
  • Preserving biodiversity and ecological continuity
  • Managing and harnessing the domain assigned by the state
  • Preserving the heritage and marketing the public river sector
  • Promoting river tourism and water-based activities
  • Providing technical support to state authorities concerning navigation policy


For more information about French Waterways Institution, please visit www.vnf.fr (in French).