Val d’Isère working to protect its environment
Nestled at the foot of the Glacier des Sources de l’Isère and protected by the imposing gateway formed of the gorges of La Daille, the village of Val d’Isère has been shaped by a truly majestic natural setting. It is these peaks, valleys and slopes that have inspired so many visitors and that Val d’Isère seeks to preserve.
Exceptional landscapes & protected wildlife
Beyond the village and the ski area, these mountains are the kingdom of the ibex and the marmot, emblematic animals of Vanoise. No less than 400 chamois live here all year round, alongside 150 ibex in the winter and two iconic pairs of birds: the bearded vultures and the golden eagles that glide over the village and its trails.
When it comes to plants, more than forty protected species can be found in the municipality of Val d’Isère, including the Alpine rock-jasmine.
- The Vanoise National Park, which spans an area of 5,240 ha, is located to the south and east of the municipality. In spring and summer, two refuges managed by the Park and a private refuge offer the perfect place for lovers of the great outdoors to take a break on their hike. On the other side of the mountain passes, the Vanoise Park adjoins the Italian Grand Paradis National Park. Inside the park, two sectors (S 43 and S 39) have been recognised as part of the Natura 2000 network, due to the presence of rare meadows (a network of high-altitude valleys in Caricion).
- The Baillettaz Nature Reserve, spread across 475 hectares, extends over a south-facing mountain and adjoins the Grande Sassière Nature Reserve, located in the municipality of Tignes.
- The Col de l’Iseran Biotope Decree, applicable to an area of 214 hectares, protects the Leissières ridge and some remarkable sites under the Col de l’Iseran pass, on the edge of the ski area. On top of this, there is also the area covered by the Prefectural Decree for the Protection of the Grand Pré Biotope: 202 ha.
As a result, a total of 6,140 hectares – or nearly 60% of municipal territory – are protected under the French Environmental Code. Finally, there is the ZNIEFF 1 (Natural Area of Floristic and Faunal Interest, spanning about 7,420 ha in total) – particularly on the left bank of the Isère, between the Saint-Charles bridge and the hamlet of Laisinant, around the Col de la Baillettaz mountain pass and the Plan des Nettes lake. This scientific and non-legal classification does not entail any specific constraints, though it does recommend vigilance and attention at all times. Val d’Isère is surrounded by some truly remarkable sites that will be preserved for future generations.
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