The island is rich in biodiversity and its shallow coastal waters and adjacent Brusc lagoon are part of Europe’s Natura 2000 network.
To preserve this natural heritage, so emblematic of the Mediterranean, the island and the Institute are wholly committed to sustainable development.
The 10 hectares of vineyards on the island are now in their second year of conversion to organic farming (using mechanical weeding, organic fertilisers and cover crops). Less additives and sulphur are now being used during the wine-making phase.
The port of Les Embiez has two harbours and 750 berths. In summer, there can be up to 140 boats on stopover. It has been a Blue Flag port since 2004 and holds Afnor certification for:
– its Environmental Management System ISO 14001 V2015 (international certification / since 2006),
– its “Clean Ports” policy AJC 81-030 (specific European certification for marinas / policy adopted in 2004, certified since 2008).
The port is in the process of obtaining ACJ 81-032 certification for “active biodiversity ports” (a new certification in addition to “Clean Ports”).
The Institute supports these efforts by providing scientific expertise and monitoring the populations of the boats’ “downstairs neighbours”.