Wildlife and walking holiday in France
Description of Wildlife and walking holiday in France
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PlanetWe respect and support local conservation / erosion projects by following guidelines issued by the National and regional nature parks and ensuring our clients are made aware of any specific guidelines that may affect them. E.g. carrying rubbish down from refuges / high mountain walks. All accommodation suppliers are vetted according to their professionalism and their approach to responsible tourism (using local produce, respect for the environment and promoting the culture of the region).
For the main part of this trip you will be staying in forestry commission refuges. These are traditional stone properties, often in ancient abandoned villages, that have been restored and refurbished by the forestry commission under their brand of Retrouvance © which means "Rediscovery".
For electricity and water they are self sufficient using nearby water springs for water supply and septic tanks for sewage management. Electricity is either solar panels or a generator that is brought in for the duration of your stay. This is usually only 24 volts so sufficient for charging low energy objects such as telephones but hair dryers are not be possible.
They are clean and functional and all have a wood burning stove, kitchen facilities and dining area.
Every evening a logistics person will prepare the refuge for your arrival, making sure everything is working and functional. They will light the fire if it is cool, and prepare your evening meal and food for the next day. They will also bring your baggage and sheets! You will be given a set of clean sheets that will follow you around for the trip!
All our guides are fully trained in environmental sustainability as a part of their diplomas and they educate our clients about the mountain habitat during the activities.
We dont print brochures and keep paper use to a minimum in the office preferring electronic distribution as our main means of communication with clients. We provide detailed information on how to behave within the park such as carrying out all litter and adhering to the rules of the park.
PeopleWe use local guides rather than imported ones and pay them the going rate in France to ensure they are fairly treated and that your money goes straight back into the local community. We also choose local suppliers who match our environmental values and they sign a contract with us with an environmental commitment clause.
During the tour your guide will tell you about the local culture and and stories of the evolution of the landscapes and forgotten villages and general life in the Alps to help you gain an insight into this fragile community which in turn helps engender respect and appreciation for it.
We believe that the better you know and understand places and people the more you respect them. The accumulated knowledge over time helps to nurture conservation values.
We offer this trip from May to October to encourage a tourism season outside the busy winter and summer holidays to help develop the local economy towards a more sustainable all year round activity.
We work closely with the Tourist Office and support their projects for sustainable tourism and in particular the impact of tourism on local agriculture (the traditional way of life in the area).
We are committed to promoting the culture of the region and ensuring that tourism has a positive impact. Through supporting local accommodations and local guides and visiting mountain refuges and giving clients detailed information about how to behave when in the national park we try to ensure that people behave with respect for the environment and local people.