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 vineyard of Les Embiez cover around 10 hectares. It is managed as biological agriculture (mechanical weeding, organic amendment, green fertilizer). In the cellars, reduction of inputs and sulphur dosage is applied.
The port of Les Embiez marina is constituted of two basins and has 750 moorings. In summer, it can offer stopover moorings to 140 boats.
The marina has the Blue Flag label since 2004 and has AFNOR certification for its environmental procedures and management systems:
– ISO 14001 V2015 : international certification since 2006
– ACJ 81-030 Clean Harbours : European certification specific to marinas / certified since 2008 and following the procedures since 2004
– ACJ 81-032 Harbour Active in Biodiversity: a new certification additional to Clean Harbours, since 2019.
The Institute is associated with these procedures by contributing its scientific expertise, and in particular monitoring fish populations, the ‘neighbours down below’ for the leisure sailors.