Valberg is committed to preserving the mountain environment
Ever since it opened as a resort, Valberg has strived to develop its activities and locality in a sustainable way. In 2007 this commitment was formalised with the signing of the National Mountain Resort Sustainability Charter.
The National Association of Mayors of Mountain Resorts (ANMSM) developed this Charter to join forces and support the network of signatories in implementing projects to further the highest standards of social and environmental sustainability. Find out more: www.anmsm.fr
Development initiatives, long-term investments in better resource management, public awareness-building around sustainability issues, protecting landscapes and natural habitats, promoting gentle mobility – Valberg is active on all fronts.
Awareness-building, a vital ingredient in the mix
The 'eco-footpath' is one of the resort's awareness-building tools. All along this hiking/snow-shoeing circuit, interpretative display panels explain the surrounding natural environment and the sustainability issues at stake. There's information about the impact humans have on the natural environment through our lifestyles and use of water, transport, power, housing, etc, with the aim of promoting environmentally responsible behaviour – what we call the 'eco-rider attitude'. The Tourist Office distributes a quiz to take with you on the eco-footpath – fill it in and you win an eco-prize! In summer the panels are displayed along the Campanules footpath that runs below the Valberg Adventure Park. In winter, the eco-footpath joins the nordic ski domain of the golf club, where the panels are set up on the snow-shoeing trail.
Events to highlight sustainability issues in the mountains are organised regularly. For instance, in January 2014 the Mountain Riders club set up a stall with games, quizzes and prizes, which gave both children and adults a chance to find out about environmental concerns. The regional Council's environmental team also organises regular events about nature and biodiversity for young people through Natura 2000.
Lots of environmental and sustainability information is available from the dedicated display stand in the Tourist Office.