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France will fight Overtourism

France will fight overtourism: The first sign will be Sugiton Beach in the Calanques National Park near Marseille – already this summer it will be possible to visit it only with passes.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the tourist market in France: more and more residents of the country are choosing outdoor recreation. Only such ecotourism is not at all eco: the invasion of travelers greatly harms the environment.

In the Calanques National Park, for example, tourists often neglect the marked paths and take the shortest path to the beach along the slope. Because of this, soil erosion increases. For several years now, the park has been trying to cope with the influx of tourists – parking lots have already been reduced at the entrance, boats have been banned from mooring in the bays, and photos of the overcrowded beach are regularly published on social networks. But all these methods are not very effective.

With the help of the permit regime, the authorities hope to protect the landscapes of the Mediterranean coast. From July 15 to August 15, it will be possible to get to one of the most picturesque beaches in France only by prior registration on the website. No more than 300 passes will be issued per day, their validity period is one day. If the project is effective, it is possible that a similar system will be introduced in other national parks of the country.

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