Ecotourism in Corsica
Ecotourism and sustainable tourism at Riva Bella Resort in Corsica
Riva Bella naturist in Corsica is involved in actions to develop sustainable tourism aimed at reducing the ecological footprint of its activity and preserving the biodiversity of the site
We are all concerned by the sustainable aspect of our holidays
Sustainable tourism aims to harmonise tourist activity with the preservation of natural and cultural ecosystems. Each individual's actions have an impact on his or her environment. A few responsible gestures can enable us to limit our impact on nature.
These eco-gestures may seem insignificant on a daily basis, but they contribute to the protection of our island. This is the metaphor of the hummingbird: each individual contributes by his or her actions, at his or her own level, to preserving the environment, our common good.
Respect for natural areas, conservation of biodiversity
- Revegetation of dunes with endemic species
- Integration of buildings with minimum earthwork to respect the integrity of the site and preserve plant species.
- The salt pond in Terrenzana is equipped with an aquasystem aerator. This equipment improves the oxygenation of the pond and thus preserves its flora and fauna.
- Clearing the site is done by hand (with the help of llamas!): the flora is respected and less damaged, gas emissions are limited, as is noise pollution.
- Watering of the plantations is limited thanks to mulching and automatic drip watering.
- Maintenance staff travel in electric carts
Tips for preserving nature on holiday
- Do not pick wild plants
- Respect wildlife, do not fish or hunt in protected areas.
- When hiking, respect the markings so as not to damage the flora.
- By boat, anchor on sandy bottoms so as not to pull out the Posidonia meadows.
Beware of fires, with very dry summers, it only takes a spark to ignite Corsica :
- Barbecues, eco-barbecues and campfires are prohibited from 1 July to 30 September.
- Do not throw cigarette butts into the environment, neither glass nor glass bottles, as a shard can ignite nature by the magnifying glass effect.
- In the event of fire, call immediately the firefighters 18
- Geothermal heat pump
- Solar thermal heating
- Riva Bella encourages carpooling. A blackboard located at the Reception desk collects and centralises searches and offers of rides among the residents.
- LED lighting in the Bar-Restaurant, the Thalasso and in the sanitary facilities
- A large part of the paths are equipped with solar lighting.
- In all accommodation and in all buildings the old light bulbs have been replaced by low-energy light bulbs.
- Faucets are equipped with flow reducers (which do not affect comfort).
- Air conditioning and heating systems are regularly cleaned and maintained to limit electricity consumption.
- The bungalows on the beach of the Holiday Resort are equipped with opening systems with adjustable horizontal slats (called "Jalousies") for ventilation, lighting and solar protection; the Costa Serena bungalows are all equipped with double-glazing; and our most recent accommodation, the Paradisu villas, are built in cellular concrete, an extraordinary combination of natural raw materials (water, sand, lime) and millions of air bubbles: an excellent insulator, solid, non-deformable and non-flammable.
Respect for water
- Do not let the water run unnecessarily and limit its use (avoid long showers, washing dishes under running water...).
- Prefer a shower (50 litres) to a bath (150 litres)
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. This saves 12 litres of water per minute; 18 litres for a "wet shave".
- Use the dual cistern of the flush toilet
- Use fruit and vegetable rinse water to water plants
- Water the plants in the evening or early morning to prevent evaporation.
- Immediately report any water leakage to the technical service.
Sustainable consumption of electricity
- Be sure to turn off the lights when you are away from home.
- Do not leave an unoccupied room unlit.
- Turn off the light when you can read comfortably in natural daylight.
- Avoid using air-conditioning: ventilate in the morning when it is cool and then close the rooms during the day. Louvers help to air-condition naturally: they allow air to pass through but not heat.
- In air-conditioned rooms, make sure doors and windows are closed.
- Use energy in moderation (19°C for heating and 24°C for air conditioning are satisfactory temperatures).
- In summer, close the curtains to avoid overheating, maintain a more comfortable temperature and reduce the use of air conditioning.
- Unplug televisions and computers because, even in standby mode, they use up to 40% of their power consumption when switched on.
- Choosing rechargeable batteries and solar-powered chargers
Respect the environment during your stay
- Do not throw anything into the pond, no greasy, liquid or solid product, as this could damage the aerator and endanger the fauna and flora.
- Avoid toxic household products (especially bleach); use biodegradable detergents instead.
- Limit the use of wipes, prefer microfibre cloths.
- Limit car rides within the Resort
- Make carpooling work: it reduces gas emissions, it saves money, and it's fun too!
- Preserve the dunes by using the already established footpaths
- Do not damage the trees
- Do not cut, uproot or trample plants and flowers (which are mostly endemic species to be protected).
- At sea, do not pull out the posidonia and preserve the underwater environment.
- Take leftover bread and fruit and vegetable peelings to the llamas.
- Sort your waste and dispose of it in the appropriate containers (at each waste collection area you will find containers for household waste as well as for glass, paper and packaging; you can deposit your used batteries at Reception, in the box provided for this purpose)
- Avoid the use of disposable dishes.
- Drain toilets and tanks in the appropriate places.
- Do not throw anything into nature (land, sea, rivers). No papers, no bottles, no plastic bags... Nothing! Plastic bags lure turtles and dolphins, who mistake them for jellyfish and choke on them. 450 years is the time it takes for a plastic bag to disappear into the wild. For a can it will be 100 years. For a chewing gum it takes 5 years. If others have had the inelegance to do so, please contribute to the cleanliness of the sites by picking up all the rubbish and putting it in a dustbin...
In our plates, give preference to...
- Food from organic farming without pesticides, chemical fertilisers or GMOs from local producers. This preserves nature and the diversity of birds, plants and beetles and foster local economy
- Farmed fish or organically produced meat.
- Regional products, seasonal and locally produced fruit and vegetables. Those that are imported from distant countries or grown in heated greenhouses... consume a lot of energy.
- Products sold in bulk. Less packaging means less energy consumed in production and less waste after consumption.