Sardaigne en Liberte

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Member since: 27 May 2020

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

- We are the promoters of a local ecotourism network, which is starting in this period, and which is bringing together about 40 responsible tourism companies in Sardinia.
- Local development and maintenance of economic activities in the rural mountain areas, through the participation to GAL (Local Action Groups), local communities and the European project INTERREG (VIVIMED) on the development of tourism in internal areas of Sardinia.
- Guides, Employes, Accommodation owners and all involved people are always locals. To all of them, as announced in our mission, we ensure a fair and equitably distributed remuneration, we accompany our partners in their development, we promote the necessary training to improve the worker skills.
- All our tours are off the beaten track, this affects the local economy of the area. We select and work only with partners who pursue our same intent: small bnb, farm holydays house (agriturismo), private hotels, small restaurants, shepards, local prodiucers and so on.
- We built partnerships with the Sardinian association AGUGLIASTRA to help enhance the Sardinian cultural heritage through the operation "Adopt a nuraghe" and with a local association of Cagliari to preserve the Sardinian coasts of wild constructions.

Environmental responsibility

- Participation in maintaining Sardinian biodiversity: operations cleaning of paths during our trips and sometimes with the help of our donkeys.
- Development of a partnership with the Forest Office and local ecological associations to finance reforestation operations on parts of the island ravaged by fire. (we have been reading that Responsible Travel does not promote carbon offset schemes, but this is something different that we do it anyway to help local dry areas to re-green again. Sometimes we take the chance with the customers to talk about this topic together with the local Forest Guards).
- We purchase and deal only with local and organic products (or “zero Km” as we say in Sardinia)
- Use of glass, water bottles and other reusable and recyclable materials to avoid and reduce any type of waste throughout our stays. We tell to our customers to bring their own reusable water bottle before they join our holidays. We personally verify that the same rules are respected in all the accomodation places selected for our tours.
- We promote low environmental impact travel by offering hoildays such as trekking, walking with Sardinian donkeys, bicycle, sailing boat or green train.

Social responsibility

- We are partners with the locals “SlowFood”, we involve them all the time we can in our activities. SlowFood is an international association with the aim of defending regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life.
- Development of experience tourism through small groups, allowing to meet and interact with the local population.
- Involvement of all local small producers, shepherds, farmers, wine producers...and much more. During our stays, these are convivial moments where the producers share their knowledge with our customers. According to possibilities, customers are directly involved in the process and of course in the tasting if it is about food.
- We are part of the Italian responsible tourism association, AITR
- Enhancement of Sardinian Transhumance. The transhumance of sheep, called "Tràmuda", was a widespread practice in Sardinia since the Middle Ages. Today, unfortunately, few shepherds continue this practice. For this reason, Sardaigne en Liberté, supported the candidacy by writing to UNESCO so that it can recognize and include the phenomenon of Sardinian transhumance. Finally, in December last year transhumance was recognized by UNESCO. Our project for the next few years is to create, through the enhancement of this phenomenon and the profession of the shepherd, a network that makes interested operators participate, as well as the municipalities, to make transhumance known, and, like other experiences, in Italy and France, involving travelers looking for culturally connoted experiences. This year we have organized a live broadcast to participate remotely, despite Covid19, in the Transhumance event directly from our homes.

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