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Panda for holidays in the heart of nature, distributed in regional natural parks, national parks, Natura 2OOO areas, sites, nature reserves, major sites in France, perimeters distinguished by UNESCO or some sites of exceptional quality! All under the control of the World Wild Foundation (WWF).

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What are Panda accommodations ?

The « Gîtes Panda » are accommodations Gîtes de France®, (Cottages, bed and breakfast, Groups cottages) WWF gives its label when they meet three conditions :

  • Biodiversity & the protection of nature: the gardens and natural spaces are the protection to the wildlife and flowers.
  • Eco habitat : healthy and natural materials used in building renovation, energy saving devices, etc .;
  • Eco-citizenship : waste sorting, compost, rainwater harvesting, biodegradable cleaning products, valued soft mobility, etc...

Panda cottages, why ?

The WWF act throught the network panda cottages and gives its label to cottages in order to :

  • Better protect natural spaces : the owner of panda cottage engaged to preserve animals and plants on his property and, in generally, à gérer son hébergement de façon écologique,
  • Faire découvrir aux clients des gîtes, adultes et enfants, la richesse et la diversité de la nature

Privileged sites for hiking and observation

The cottages, B & B's or "Panda" Group Cottages must correspond to one of the following two situations:

  • Be located on a property with a walk and observation trail (nature trail) reserved for the use of guests of the cottage;
  • Be located in close proximity to walking and nature viewing areas within walking distance.

What is the proposed equipment?

All "Panda Cottage" offers its customers a dedicated space that includes:

  • Guides to identify local fauna and flora,
  • Binoculars,
  • Documentation and maps presenting the Regional or National Nature Park, the Natura 2000 area, etc ...
  • Fight against air pollution and the climate change it causes,
  • Staff maps of the site and the region,
  • Information leaflets on the local nature and its possibilities of discoveries (visits of natural reserves, nature animations, etc.),
  • WWF Ecological Healing Tips,
  • Where applicable, a booklet interpreting the environment of a trail near the accommodation.

The commitments of the owner

The owner of Gîte Panda is committed to preserving the natural wealth of his property or to work to safeguard those around. It makes this commitment in the framework of an agreement which binds it to the WWF in which is implanted the lodging. It is also involved in the ecological management of its cottage (renewable energies, cleaning products, waste sorting, etc.)


What is WWF?

WWF is the world's largest, private and apolitical association for the protection of nature and the environment. He works in France and in the world for:

  • Safeguard endangered animal and plant species: panda in China, tiger in Siberia, Pyrenees bears, dolphins, seals and whales in the Mediterranean Sea ...
  • Fight against deforestation: that of the tropical forest of course, but also the more insidious of our temperate forests which are becoming poorer and are gradually turning into simple plantations,
  • Stop intensive fishing which has already depleted nearly 60% of marketable fish stocks,
  • Fight against air pollution and the climate changes it causes,
  • Preserving wetlands: Brenne, Camargue, etc.
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