2020 "eco resort" strategy
Every mindful of its eco-environmental footprint and continually looking to the future, the municipality of Les Gets is currently working on a new environmental development strategy.
Further to projects undertaken by the village between 1993-2003 and 2003-2013 which have now been completed, this new strategy looks longer term towards 2020.
In 2011 the municipality was a pilot site for the European project ‘ClimAlp Tour’ (a study of climate change and its impact on tourism in the Alps). The principal objectives were:
- Analysis of the potential impact climate change could have on tourist sites in the Alps
- Analysis of the strengths and weaknesses, assets, limitations and potential areas of vulnerability to the impact of climate change.
- To propose adaptation and management strategies best suited to the tourism industry in les Gets.
It is following on from this programme that Les Gets has drawn up its “Strategy 2020” building on the initiatives introduced by ClimAlp Tour and applying them in a concrete and relevant way to territorial and tourism development in Les Gets. Careful deliberation, with assistance from the Institut de la Montagne (Mountain Institute), will lead to decisions on how to implement the various development programmes. These programmes will then provide the basis of the tourism marketing and communication strategy from now until 2020.
The objective, as always, is to continue the sustainable development policy of the municipality (environmentally, economically and socially) and confim Les Gets’ positioning as an "éco-village".
In order to do this 5 areas of study were selected (constituting 5 working groups):
- Economy / Year-round opening
- Ecology / Sustainable development
- Marketing / Communication
Following these deliberations, due to terminate at the end of 2013 or early 2014, the Les Gets development strategy will be defined. Short-term initiatives will be launched, and those of medium to long term will be planned and programmed to ensure the municipality moves towards the Les Gets 2020 vision of the future.
The Toubieres Educational Circuit
The Chablais region has joined the European Geoparc programme, a UNESCO initiative. The Geoparc is an area with a rich geological heritage and a site of ecological, historical and cultural interest. Holiday makers and locals alike can come to the site to learn about the local geology. The Georoute circuit is an important part of the Geoparc. It is a walking route linking 20 of the most interesting geological sites where visitors can learn about the geology specific to the region, as they walk.
Les Gets is an site with a rich geological identity. The Toubieres educational circuit will be located close to the wet lands by the Lac des Ecoles and will be made next autumn 2012. Guided by information panels installed along the walking path, the whole family can enjoy this activity free of charge and learn about the geology specific to this interesting area.