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Using the right gestures in the

Calanques National park

Last  summer, the National Park of the Calanques has faced a particularly important summer frequentation, both on land and at sea. Indeed, it is a must in Marseille, for hiking, swimming and the exceptional landscape that this unique place offers. This long-awaited return to natural spaces after weeks of lockdown is unfortunately accompanied by unsuitable and risky behaviors. It is for this reason that each visitor must be made aware of the respect of certain rules and good gestures to protect the Calanques National Park. It goes without saying that everyone’s responsability is equally important.

Published on 31 July 2020

I adopt the right gesture(s)

1st  good gesture : Taking in …and out !

Indeed, the National Park is not equipped with garbage cans. As a wild site with difficult access, the creeks must remain a natural area without any facilities in the very heart of the massif. The cleanliness of the site depends on everyone’s commitment to take and sort litter brought  during the visit.

> Waste damages the landscapes and is a risk for earth and sea wildlife.

 

2nd good gesture : the song of the cicadas, I will hear !

The sound diffusion on land and at sea is forbidden by the park creation code. Forget the connected speakers or any object playing music. Enjoy the calm of nature and the song of cicadas so pleasant on the edge of water…(or bring along your headphones to take a nap !)

> Sound diffusion is a major source of disturbance for the biodiversity, specially for very sensitive species like the protected birds of the creeks. Sound diffusion also damages the specificity of the place and togetherness life.

 

3rd good gesture : for a smoke break : a breath of fresh air !

60% of human-caused fires are unintentionnal. They are results of inappropriate behavior in the forests (barbecues,stoves, cigarettes…). For one day or few hours, the magic and beauty of the place are far more worth than nicotine in the lungs !

> This natural environment is particularly sensitive to the risks of fire due to its location, the high number of visitors, dwellings and its fragile biodiversity. It is our responsibility to be precautious!

 

Did you know?

The return of the “flagrancy of the good deed” !

Since the end of 2019 summer season, the « flagrancy of good deed » campaign has been introduced again in the National Park to involve the visitors. Cleaning the beach or picking up  litter on the way will be registered by the Volunteers of the Park on a best visitors list. 68 euros prize equivalent to an outing on a heritage sailing boat is offered and sponsored by the « Calanques National Park Spirit »

The amount of 68 euros is the equivalent of the fine for not taking the litter.

 

The National Park meets its visitors in the field

Every summer, the National Park provides a massive presence on the site thanks to its important seasonal organisation. Alongside the wardens, in charge of the National Park territorial missions all year round, are on duty during the high season to welcome, inform and guarantee the safety of all visitors.

The missions whose different profiles you will meet on your way !

  • The eco-guards.

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They wear a dark blue “eco-guards” T-shirt!

Their mission is education of the environment and the stakes on the territory, guiding and informing on the right gestures, answering questions on the history of the National Park…

Where to find them? They patrol in pairs on the most frequented itineraries and major destinations of the National Park, on land and at sea.

  • The eco-volunteers.

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They wear a dark blue flocked ” eco-volunteers” T-shirt !

Their mission is to welcome and inform about the conditions of access and the right gestures.

Where to find them ? At the main entrances of the National Park and in Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat Tourist Offices.

  • The regional forest rangers.

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They wear a brown flocked polo shirt decorated with “REGION SUD” insignia ! They monitor areas sensitive to the risk of fire, provide information on the right actions to apply in the forest, and reinforce the National Park patrol system on « red days » (weatherly access system).

Where to find them ? Interface zones between town and nature, where the risk of fire is particularly high.

The "Sea without Plastic" operation: protecting the turquoise water of the Calanques

Calanque d'En Vau à Marseille, vue plongeante du haut des falaises

Last summer, the Calanques and Port Cros National Parks joined forces to limit the use of plastic thus preserving the marine environment ! To do so, both parks have developped a plastic free mark and delivered it to service providers belonging to the « National Park Spirit » brand.

 

Several sustainable tools have been thus introduced :

  • Reusable food packaging made of organic and vegan fabric !

As an alternative to aluminium foil and fresh plastic film, this fabric packaging is cheap sustainable and eco friendly. Available on the trails at the National Park Spirit guides or in B&Bs.

  • A 100% biodegradable bottle.

The Vegan bottle is a water bottle totally harmless for health and environment.

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Made entirely out of sugar cane and flax, the bottle is oil free and without endocrine disruptors. Totally biodegradable and compostable. Resistant, light and easy to carry, it is a perfect alternative to the plastic bottle for hikes and other daily escapades.

The whole team of « Esprit Parc National » has adopted it !

  • Garbage  bags

Locally made in ESAT (Disabled Working Center) from old fishing

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nets and recovered boat canvas by the Palana en Méditerranée Association. By using them, you can help the Esprit Parc National guides and collect litter in the park during the hike. Nature will be even more beautiful.

With these good words and initiatives, you are WELCOME in the Calanques National Park. The respect of the environment and its beauty rely on everyone : we must together give it back in order to appreciate it again and again as well as to make it the more enjoyable for the next generations.

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