The Tourist Office is committed

In phase with the inspirations of the time, as an actor attentive to the march of the world, we, the Niort - Marais Poitevin Tourist Office, are fully committed to responsible and itinerant tourism.

We are looking for softer modes of transport, more environmentally friendly (such as cycling rather than driving), accommodation and activities that support local economies and preserve local cultures and traditions.

We also offer visitors the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint by limiting their energy and water consumption, by choosing local products and reducing their waste. Responsible tourism is a comprehensive and conscious approach to travel which aims to maximise benefits for local communities and the environment, while minimising negative impacts.

Here are some of the actions we have been able to put in place to promote responsible tourism :

  • Promoting soft mobility we encourage visitors and locals to use more environmentally friendly modes of transport in particular with the bus network Tanlib 100% free serving the whole of the Communauté d'Agglomération de Niort and rent bicycles to fully enjoy the dense network of cycle paths.
  • Promote outdoor activities we promote the outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, boating, treasure hunts that allow you to enjoy the natural beauty of the region while respecting the environment.
  • Limit paper consumption in order to preserve natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (due to paper manufacturing), we decided to promote digitisation to share certain documents electronically, such as maps or itineraries. So you will hardly find any paper in our tourist reception areas.
  • Buying a electric car : in 2022, we acquired an electric car for our various journeys around the region (in particular the Hors Les Murs holiday advisors). By choosing an electric vehicle, we are helping to reduce our carbon footprint and help protect the environment of this unspoilt natural park.
  • A new, more responsible website: On 30 May 2023, our new website is officially online. Committed to reducing our digital impactit was essential to find the trade-off between performance and environmental impact. The agency we selected suggested a number of features to be implemented in order to make the site more energy-efficient. As you browse the site, you will find a headband where you can "activate eco-mode". Once this module has been activated, the loading of multimedia content will be reduced, making the website run more smoothly.

The territory is committed

Actions in favour of sustainable development are an integral part of the boxes to be ticked when being labelled Grand Site de France and Marais Poitevin Regional Nature Park.

Niort, a naturally sustainable city

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01. Niort 2030, is now!

The city of Niort was the first agglomeration of its size to integrate the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by theUN. The aim of Niort 2030 is to set the city in motion to achieve these objectives. Its actions are broken down into eight challenges:

  1. A green and blue city, which allows human life in harmony with biodiversity.
  2. A sustainable city that combines climate protection, quality of life and energy savings.
  3. A nurturing city where the local agricultural production provides healthy, quality food.
  4. A sober city with responsible lifestyles, production and consumption.
  5. A citizen, cultural and safe city where each actor is co-responsible welfare and the common good.
  6. A fulfilling city for young people, the aim is to improve access to employment and good living conditions through education and training.
  7. A city of solidarity with inclusive practices that gives equal opportunities to all and strengthens ties to leave no one behind.
  8. A healthy and sporty citywhich preserves and improves the health of all.

02. Galuchet: a nature reserve

The Galuchet marsh is an area of almost 50 hectares located near the university campus. A condensed version of wet marsh which is home to a highly preserved fragile and rare fauna and flora. Alder-fringe forests, meadows, reedbeds, etc. are places where otters, herons, frogs, bats, alpine rosellas, migratory fish... The city and its partners are committed to obtaining the Regional nature reserveincluding the 70 hectares of the Chey and la Rousille. The largest natural area in an urban setting in France is underway!

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03. Urban nature park

The park of Pre-Leroy is an essential part of the Urban Nature Park. Few cities can boast such a centrally located space. Municipal swimming poolA playground, skate park, footpath and grassed areas make up this 2 hectare site.

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04. The gardens of the Breccia

In the heart of the city, a few steps from the shopping streets, it is a green space of 4 hectares. A lawn, alleys lined with bushes and hundred-year-old plane trees, an esplanade with bars, cinema and restaurants all come together for your greatest pleasure. It is the meeting place for all the people of Niort and especially in the summer, as the Jardins de la Brèche have been designed to create islands of freshness during hot spells. There are many water features to cool off in.

Eco-labelled towns

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Green Resort Label

Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud awarded "Station Verte" label

Station Verte is a national tourist label created in 1964 by the Fédération Française des Stations Vertes, with the aim of developing rural tourism while contributing to the preservation of the region and its economic vitality. It works with its 500 communes to preserve the local environment and enhance the quality of life of its inhabitants, while contributing to their economic vitality. It is the leading ecotourism label in France.

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