57% of French ski resorts were awarded this criteria
How are mountain areas protected ?
In the past few years, several different measures and tools have been implemented to preserve natural environments in the best way possible. Some of these, aim at a better articulation between protection of the environment and keeping human activities available in the area. While others, are much more stringent, leading to reduce or totally exclude any human activity on a given territory. Here is a global overview of existing policies, from the most restricting to the least. National Parks are public organizations dedicated to protect the environmentmainly with a scientific purpose. National Natural Reserves are administrated by contract with anassociation, a public organization or a territorial collectivity and aims at protecting an area of a specific national
and environmental interest. Biotope protection prefectural decree is implemented by the National Forest Office, the National Hunting and Wild Faun Office or a collectivity, in order to protect the environment and prevent the extinction of wild species. Regional Parks are administrated by a
board gathering several local authorities bound by legislation. This body organizes the protection of natural richness, visitor number control, promotion of cultural activities and rural economic development. Natura 2000 site is a convention between a central state and a local manager (association, landowner…) in order to restore and/or protect natural habitat and endangered species. This program is on a European scale. Listed area is locally run by naturalists, amateur or professionals for a better knowledge of the specificities of the French environment which can help to implement coherent nationwide environmental policies. But despite these legal measures some listed areas are still exposed to initiatives that contradict with protective objectives. To prevent this kind of abuse, environmental associations are keeping an eye out..
My resort was awarded this logo if:
The resort has a protected area on its territory, which is emphasized through information given to the visitors. The resort works closely with the management of this organization and no construction project has been made or is underway. The local council is not delivering any construction or development permit within these perimeters of protected area. A communication regarding these protected areas included in the winter and summer brochure is available at the tourist office. The surface and the amount (in %) of protected natural reserve and agricultural areas are described in the local planning document. The resort emphasizes these zones through information campaigns or associations. A hunting and wildlife reserve may be set up on the council’s territory.