Marseille, Environment and Sustainable Development
For a number of years the city of Marseille has implemented an ambitious and avant-garde policy for sustainable water management. As a result the city's water is considered to be "the best water in France". Since 1996, Marseille has been the headquarters of the World Water Council and has been chosen to organise the World Water Forum in 2012, a gathering of more than 10,000 experts.
The Harbour Management Plan was set up in 2006 to enhance and preserve the waters of Marseille's harbour with various schemes:
• The Islands of Frioul 800 hectare maritime park, a Natura 2000 site.
• The planting of artificial reefs.
• The installation of ecological anchoring and the maritime buoyage plan.
The Calanques National Park
The Calanques National Park will be created in 2011 and will thus become Europe’s largest National Park encompassing sea, land and peri-urban areas. Thanks to this classification the 5000 hectare massif will benefit from added protection.www.gipcalanques.fr
Marseille's beach waters are subject to laboratory analysis more than 500 times throughout the summer season, in order to detect harmful bacteria. Awareness campaigns will be carried out amongst swimmers and boating enthusiasts, with the renewal of the "blue patrol" each year, in order to promote environmentally friendly behaviour. www.marseille.fr
Bikes – tramway
More than 1000 bikes were installed in over 130 rental stations in 2007 at the same time as the launch of the tramway service. The exceptional climate allows Marseille's inhabitants and tourists to move around the city whilst helping to protect the environment. www.levelo-mpm.fr
The solar boat – the Solis
This boat was launched in 2008 and is equipped with electric motors, batteries and solar cell panels www.visite-bateau-calanques-marseille-cassis.fr
The electro-solar ferryboat
This boat has been widely anticipated by locals and tourists alike, why not go for an excursion on this brand new, environmentally friendly boat! César's little brother has been in service in the Old Port since February 1st.
electrics scooters rental.
A new service offer to the tourist from the last summer, to visit Marseille with respect to the environment. www.wattmobile.fr
The Green Calanques
A new solar boat to discover the Calanques. www.croisieres-marseille-calanques.com