Balancing tourism and protection, a balance between man and nature… This is the challenge that is facing today Glénan
If a significant improvement in the archipelago environment was observed through the implementation of the nature reserve, ranking the Natura 2000 network or the Life project “Managing the environment for sustainable tourism” that enabled implement additional solutions in the areas of water, energy and waste, sustainable tourism is now challenged to face the increase of tourists during the summer season. In high season, the island Saint-Nicolas welcomes every day on average nearly 3000 tourists! On sunny days, boaters or sailing dinghies come from the mainland to enjoy the pristine beaches and idyllic anchorages of the archipelago whose wild charm disintegrates little by little…
“The Glénan are going well, but there are clearly threats and quickly, to avoid tensions, actions need to be taken”
Stéphanie Brulé-Josso, ethnographer involved in carrying out of the conservation of the archipelago plan. For more than six months from July 2015 to Januaryshe led its survey of professional fishermen, monitors sailing and diving, restaurant owners, firefighters or boaters. “It appears a real demand for information about the laws applied in the archipelago. Questions about the ownership of the islands and regulations associated with them regularly return. Both on the islands and ashore.”
In conclusion, the Glénan are going well, but there are clearly threats and quickly, to avoid tensions, we will have that action be taken. Particularly regarding the number of passengers brought to land on the main island, as well as the respect of the specifications of the management of other islands.