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Agenda 21 of the Clermontais

The local council of the Communauté de Communes of the Clermontais made official on the 17th September 2008 its commitment to sustainable development by the launching of Agenda 21.

Where is it at now ?

From 2008 to 2010 : Launching, mobilizing and raising awareness The first step was dedicated to organizing the internal steering portage and piloting committee, as well as the mobilizing and training of the elected local representatives and tourist officials : a training scheme for sustainable development was put into place and a Club of contributors was created. At the same time public awareness was boosted, notably with the support of eco-establishments in the area.

From 2009 to 2010 : the ’diagnosing’ phase

The second step allowed for a diagnosis of the community and the territory by taking into account economic, environmental and sociocultural aspects.

2011 : the ’consulting with citizens’ phase

In 2011, a consultation phase with workshops for activities and programming based on thematic subjects was made open to all and organized in different towns in the area, thus sharing the conclusions and the collecting of new ideas and means of action put forward by the local citizens. A summary of all these elements provided a consensus and gave a base for a future plan of action.

From January to September 2012 : defining a strategy

With the combined results, the elected local representatives, working in close coordination with the tourist officials, were able to identify the stakes to be worked on in the territory. The result being that the strategic structure for Agenda 21 was adopted on the 26th of September 2012.

From September 2012 to June 2013 : elaborating a ’plan of action’

Once the strategic structure had been defined and the proposals made, the Communauté de Communes of the Clermontais elaborated a plan of action to be carried out from 2012 to 2020. All the local representatives and tourist officials were mobilized and the steering committee, comprising the institutional and local partners, started meeting together on a regular basis.

In December 2013, the Ministry of Ecology approved the project « Agenda 21 local France » for sustainable development presented by the CCC. This was a great mark of recognition for all the work achieved by the CCC on Agenda 21.

The strategic structure and ’plan of action’

The strategic structure for Agenda 21 in the Clermont area is thus the combined result of a diagnosis and coordination phase. It was inspired by the four thematic axes that had been defined by the Pays Coeur d’Hérault which were articulated around 17 strategic and prioritized objectives. The plan of action, established by the CCC, is for the period of 2012-2020. It comprises 37 ’plans’, organized according to the defined strategic requirements. A priority level classified between 1 and 3 was attributed to each one of these plans.

Agenda 21 and the Tourist Office :

The CCC has put into place a policy of sustainable development with Agenda 21. The outcome being that the different CCC services are committed to respecting the environment. At the Tourist Office, computer equipment and printing material are on mode « standby » or « energy saver ». The booklets published by the Tourist Office and the CCC adhere to an environmental charter for use of paper and ink supplied by an association « The Maple Leaf » which recycles paper and cardboard. The cleaning products used on the premises are of a brand called « Eco vert » which is environment friendly. The CCC employs Special Needs people and has employees who are on a reconversion programme.

In partnership with the Syndicat Centre Hérault there is a recycling system with individual grey bins (nonrecycling waste) and green bins (organic waste). Each commune has a designated place with containers for paper, glass and plastic. The CCC is equipped with this type of recycling system on its premises. Those who provide tourist services, notably accommodation, are encouraged to take part in the « holiday recycling » programme so as to make their clientele aware of selective sorting.

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recycling on holiday

The Tourist Office can also give information about the quality and environment labels available to those who rent accommodation and people who work in tourism in general, by orienting them towards the relevant authorities who can help them with lables such as Clefverte. As it works in partnership with other local tourist authorities, including the classified site of the Vissou, it regularly relays information on its Internet site to other parts of the territory and makes documentation available (on demand) about the protection of nature spots and the environment.

The Tourist Office

More information on Agenda 21 on the site of the Communauté de Communes of the Clermontais :


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