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Fondation Grand Paradis

Practice on:

Promotion of sustainable tourism in the Gran Paradiso National Park area (Aosta Valley slope).

Practical details:
NUTS 2: ITC2 Valle d'Aosta/Vallée d'Aoste
Start date: 1998
Type of initiative:  private
Description of the practice:

Promotion and development of nature and culture-based tourism.

Agriculture and natural resources department -

The Grand Paradis Foundation’s (FGP) general mission is the promotion and development of both nature and culture based tourism in the area that comprises the Aosta Valley municipalities within the Gran Paradiso National Park jurisdiction. Its aim is to promote, develop, coordinate and manage the network of locations of natural or cultural interest and the local museums with the institutional support of the Aosta Valley Autonomous Region. Moreover the Grand Paradis Foundation contributes to the enhancement of tourist and entrepreneurial experiences and realities in the area in particular by carrying out specific projects which create suitable conditions for the achievement of the aforementioned aims.

Within the framework of the above competencies the Grand Paradis Foundation puts itself forward as the experimental laboratory of a new policy model for the shared management of services which are of collective interest and has the aim of actively contributing to the definition and strengthening of strategies and policies regarding the development of tourism both at a local and regional level.
Fondation Grand Paradis was created to enhance and convey the natural and cultural peculiarities of the Aosta Valley area within the Gran Paradiso National Park jurisdiction.

The three valleys of the Gran Paradiso within the Aosta Valley have an exceptional heritage, that stretches over a vast mountainous area, going from the valley bottom to the Grand Paradiso’s  4,061m. It is a unique and protected area since 1922, the year when it was established as Italy’s first National Park.
The aim of Fondation Grand Paradis is to make this environment’s rich and varied fauna and flora known and respected, thanks to the Park  visitor centres, the information points and the Alpine Botanical Garden Paradisia.

This territory is also characterized by its culture and traditions: medieval castles, traditional rural buildings and areas imbued with local culture and history are enhanced through eco-museums, exhibition centres, guided visits and didactic activities. The objective is to develop a new sensibility towards nature and to revive local culture by creating temporary exhibitions and themed events throughout the whole year.

Fondation Grand Paradis brings together and represents the different stakeholders from the three valleys: the Aosta Valley Autonomous Region, the Gran Paradiso National Park body, the Municipalities and the Mountain Community, in order to create cultural and nature-based services which are integrated into the territory.

Partners: Aosta Valley Autonomous Region, Gran Paradiso National Park, the Grand Paradis Mountain Community, the municipalities of Aymavilles, Cogne, Introd, Rhêmes-Saint-Georges, Rhêmes-Notre-Dame, Valsavarenche, Villeneuve and the Gran Paradiso National Park Professional Guide Association.
Sites managed by Fondation Grand Paradis:  
- Gran Paradiso National Park visitor centres of Cogne, Rhêmes-Notre-Dame and Valsavarenche
- Paradisia Alpine Botanical Garden of Valnontey (Cogne)
- Maison Gérard-Dayné of Cogne
- Alpinart Exhibition Centre of Cogne
- Maison Bruil of Introd
- Introd Castle
- Maison Musée Jean-Paul II , Les Combes (Introd)
- Maison Pellissier, Rhêmes-Saint-Georges
- Châtel-Argent , Villeneuve

The Foundation promotes and manages culture and nature-related sites inside the Natural Park.
Balancing the different stakeholders’ interests, the Foundation aims at creating a culture and nature-related tourist product, offering tourists an opportunity to experience the territory.

By the management of its network of sites (with public funds) the Foundation increases the turnover and enhances the activities of the satellite industries in the municipalities within the Gran Paradiso National Park jurisdiction.

Evidence of success
Biological/biodiversity values:

Park visitor centres (relation man/environment, Gypaëtus Barbatus, lynxs and predators), alpine botanical garden Paradisia (alpine flora).

Visual impact and recreational value:

Guided tours, workshops, events and festival organization; Alpinart exhibition centre (temporary exhibition dedicated to the Cogne iron mine).

Cultural heritage:

Maison Bruil (ways of preserving food in the past), Maison Gérard Dayné (way of living in the past), Introd Castle, Châtel-Argent (fortress) and Maison Musée Jean-Paul II.

Economic viability:

The foundation has an institutional and a commercial budget. As far as the commercial one is concerned, it is of a residual kind; the entrance ticket prices are therefore symbolic. The economy of the managed sites has to be considered not from the business budget point of view, but from the satellite industries it generates.

The idea of managing a network of nature and culture-based sites with public funds is transferable in other European regions.

Contact details:
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Completed on: 30.08.2011
Date added: 12.9.2011  Hits: 181
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