Club Med Protects Alpine Nature

Club Med Protects Alpine Nature
July 10, 2014 Arton Kabashi

Green Globe announces recertification for Club Med ski resorts in Europe and welcomes new plans to develop innovative sustainability programs for visitors in alpine regions.

Certification and Sustainable Development Projects Manager, Florian Duprat said, “Club Med Villages pursue their progression into sustainable tourism with the renewal of Green Globe certifications of Club Med La Plagne 2100, Aime La Plagne, Valmorel, Peisey Vallandry, Avoriaz, TignesVal Claret, Val d’Isère, Serre Chevalier, Saint Moritz, Wengen and Villars.

“Plans are being made for Winter Villages where resorts focus on the development of programs to foster relations between local communities and our guests providing information and activities other than skiing.”

Club Med Villages aim to do everything possible to preserve local life, local culture and nature. By visiting and engaging with the communities surrounding Club Med Winter Villages guests will be introduced to cultural aspects and natural beauty that is unique to these destinations.

“These pilot partnerships have been successfully tested at Club Med Peisey Vallandry with the Vanoise National Park, and on Wengen, Villars and Saint Mortiz with the national Swiss campaign “Respecter c’est Protéger” – Respecting is Protecting. These partnerships aim to raise staff and customer awareness regarding local biodiversity,” added Florian Duprat.

The Vanoise National Park was created in 1963 and was France’s first National Park. Club Med Peisey Vallandry lies on the border of the national park and the resort encourages staff and guests to contribute to the protection of wildlife in the area. The park is home to alpine species including the Alpine Ibex, the Alpine Chamois, Eurasian Badger, Lynx and over one hundred bird species.

The Respecting is Protecting Program designates Quiet Areas in the Alps where leisure activities are restricted to protect the wildlife from excessive disturbances within these areas. Disruptive activity caused by passing skiers, snow boarding enthusiasts or walkers may cause animals and birds to panic exhausting their energy reserves and resulting in unnecessary death. To ensure both sports lovers and wildlife can enjoy the alpine surrounds together, hunting, snowshoeing, skiing and other activities are only permitted on marked trails or forest roads.