In 2014, SAP launched its "Environmental Research Institute" to gain a better knowledge of the biodiversity in the ski area. Its studies have helped to limit its impact on the natural world while following measures put into effect to that end.
In practical terms, in the summer flora and fauna specialists covered the ground to record the locations of protected species and to establish a database. They made 2500 sightings of 19 different species of protected flowers and 6300 sightings of fauna in 7 years.
What is being studied?
The flora and fauna, wetlands, watercourses, landscapes and the impact of development.
Some examples of the steps taken:
- The pylons for the new chairlift have been sited to avoid protected flower sites and wetlands.
- The calendar for carrying out work can be adapted to limit disturbance to some animals during key phases of their development.
- "Markers" have been fitted to the cables to make them visible and to limit birds in flight colliding with them.
- Programmes have been established to monitor and research species impacted by development.
- The progress of developed areas is being followed for at least five years to ensure they "grow back."