the region, indeed in all of Normandy, is in the Forest dcouves in Orne, where the elevation reaches 1,368 feet (417 metres). is the capital of and largest city in Basse-Normandie. Industries are heavily concentrated around Caen, the regions main business and administrative centre.On the eastern lowlands around Caen, where farms are larger, cereal farming is important. Tourism is an important activity in coastal resort areas such. Large numbers of horses are raised in Calvados and Orne. A humid climate prevails, with annual precipitation in the Cotentin peninsula of Manche approaching 35 inches (900 mm). Beginning in the late 1950s, following the decline of traditional textile and metallurgical industries, the region benefited from the decentralization of Paris-based firms. Cherbourg are the most important fishing ports. The region is sparsely inhabited. In World War II the coast was the site of several landings by Allied troops during the Normandy Invasion (June 6, 1944 which led to the liberation of occupied France. This led especially to the growth of electrical and mechanical engineering and electronics industries. In 2016 Basse-Normandie was merged with the neighbouring rgion of Haute-Normandie as part of a national plan to increase bureaucratic efficiency). Basse-Normandie, former rgion of, france. Although few people now work in agriculture, the region retains a strongly rural character.