This site, dedicated to ecotourism, is part of a regional tourist policy which aims to “make Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur a model for sustainable tourism” It has the triple aim of showing the natural wealth of the region, to help net surfers to identify tourism professionals in the region and to encourage them to adopt reasonable behaviour as tourists.
What is ecotourism ?
The International Society of Ecotourism (TIES), defines ecotourism as “a form of responsible travel in natural areas which contributes to the protection of the environment and to the well-being of local populations”. Ecotourism has two main functions : the discovery of nature, through observation, interpretation, education and the study of natural environments, and encouraging respect for the environment, through limiting the ecological footprint, educating people about the environment, contributing to the well-being of local populations and supporting programmes for the conservation of biodiversity.
Ecotourism in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
The image of the region is strongly linked to sun, sea and sand. However, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur has many other assets to offer and is proving to be an attractive destination to all those wishing to discover its outstanding natural heritage and to stay in areas within which respect for the environment is a priority.
The website ecotourismepaca.fr is a mine of information which will help you to prepare your ecotourist stay in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. On this site you will find accommodation with ecolabels, places to eat offering local produce, information on using environmentally friendly transport when travelling, suggestions for trips prepared by responsible operators, a presentation of the main natural areas in the region, and even initiatives to follow in order to take action to protect the environment.
Who are we ?
The Comité Régional du Tourisme Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (CRT PACA), created by the Conseil Régional in 1987, has, as its principle aim, to promote the region to French and foreign tourists but also to national and international press, travel agencies and tour operators.