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Instants d’absolu Ecolodge

Practice on:

Public-private partnership dedicated to rebuild heritage and create a new eco-accommodation in a site with a lake classified by law as “Espace Naturel Sensible”, a sensitive natural area.

Practical details:
NUTS 2: FR72 Auvergne
Start date: 01.06.2010
Type of initiative:  public-private partnership
Description of the practice:

Features of the partnership between SME and local public authority:

- local authority bought, redeveloped with integrated management and classified by law the sensitive natural area (Lake of Pecher),

- also, local authority bought an old building (ruin), partly rebuil it and rented it out to an SME,
- and the SME finished to rebuild the old building in eco-accomodation.

Initial investment and integrated management have been run by local authority with public grants from Regional Council and Department Assembly. Main objective is to support business development.

The objectives were to redevelop and enhance a natural area with a beautiful lake and landscape and create a new profitable eco-accommodation.

This project has been monitored by a local public authority, Communauté de communes du pays de Murat, and a SME, thanks to the public policy of the Regional Council. Investment was 500 000 €. Local authority and SME have contracted a “bail emphytéotique administratif”, a French specific PPP contract. It means that SME is renting the building and will be allowed to manage it as eco-accommodation and restaurant during 60 years with same rights as owner. After 60 years, local authority will reclaim the building.

Evidence of success
Biological/biodiversity values:

Lake is classified by law as “Espace Naturel Sensible”. It's a sensitive and valuable natural area with specific public management dedicated to preserve and promote fauna and flora.

Visual impact and recreational value:

Lake landscape has been enhanced. Paths and tourist notice boards has been created to explain natural value of site.

Cultural heritage:

The old building has been rebuilt.

Environmental impact:

Eco-building, natural education and knowledge, use of local products, wildlife scenery, donation to nature associations

Economic viability:

3 jobs (the owners + a cook) has been created.

Yes, with same kind of natural site and local public authority support.

Contact details:
Name: Laurence Costa and Daniel Siegel (owners of SME)
Organisation: « Instants d’absolu Ecolodge »
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Date added: 7.9.2011  Hits: 161
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