Rafting and environment

Rafting and environmental preservation

Towards more eco-responsible Rafting

Rafting is great, but doing it while respecting our beautiful planet is even better! Choosing eco-responsible operators like Crazy Water, respecting sensitive areas and adopting sustainable practices are some of the tips that you will discover throughout this article to combine Rafting and preservation of the environment. So, ready to make your river trips greener? 

Rafting and ecology

Rafting and the environment 

Good practices

Good news, it is entirely feasible to do Rafting in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. Here are some tips to make your next descent as eco-friendly as possible.

rafting and ecology

Choose eco-responsible operators

The first step for sustainable Rafting is to choose operators who respect the environment. Favor those who have ecological certifications, such as the “Sustainable Tourism” or “Green Key” label, which use non-polluting equipment and which raise awareness among their customers about nature protection. These operators typically take specific measures to minimize their environmental impact, such as using boats made from recycled or recyclable materials, and life jackets made from eco-friendly fabrics. 

Additionally, they often offer training on the importance of preserving aquatic ecosystems, thus allowing participants to become ambassadors for nature protection. Furthermore, eco-responsible operators frequently participate in local initiatives for conservation and restoration of natural habitats, which further reinforces their commitment to sustainability.

Crazy Water serves the planet by: 

  • Raising your awareness of the preservation of the local ecosystem; 
  • Providing you with dry toilets;
  • Offering you showers powered by solar energy

To learn more about our base and our vision of the practice of Rafting, do not hesitate to contact us contact

Respect sensitive areas

When descending, pay attention to sensitive areas. Avoid disembarking in undeveloped areas and respect marked trails to limit erosion. Riparian zones, i.e. river banks, are essential habitats for many animal and plant species. Disturbing these areas can have devastating consequences on local biodiversity. 

By learning about sensitive areas before your trip, you can plan your route to minimize your impact. For example, choose official entry and exit points and avoid bird nesting grounds or aquatic mammal habitats. In addition, respect the reproduction periods of certain species and be careful not to practice rafting in protected areas during these critical periods. At Crazy Water, we always use the same access routes to the river to reduce our impact. 

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Leave no trace

The principle of “Leave No Trace” is fundamental to outdoor activities and therefore this also applies to Rafting. Don't leave any waste behind and use biodegradable trash bags to transport your waste to an appropriate collection area. Bonus point if you carry a small cleaning kit with you to pick up any trash you might encounter. 

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The principle of “Leave No Trace” is fundamental to outdoor activities and therefore this also applies to Rafting. Don't leave any waste behind and use biodegradable trash bags to transport your waste to an appropriate collection area. Bonus point if you carry a small cleaning kit with you to pick up any trash you might encounter. 

Moreover, the use of chemicals such as sunscreen or insect repellents should be limited because they can pollute the water. Prefer biodegradable products that are safe for the environment. Finally, remember that the local wildlife welcomes you into their home for a few hours, so don't disturb them. Observe animals from afar and respect their natural habitat. Adopting these practices not only contributes to the preservation of rivers, but also to raising awareness among other practitioners of environmental issues.

Raise awareness and educate

There sensitization is a pillar of sustainable tourism. If you're going in a group, take the time to discuss the importance of protecting the environment with your fellow adventurers. Find out about the ecosystems you will cross and learn to respect the fauna and flora of the region. Participate in training sessions in the field organized by associations or environmental experts. These trainings can include information on local species, the impacts of human activities on rivers, and best practices for minimizing these impacts. 

Additionally, you can engage in conservation projects, such as cleaning rivers or restoring degraded banks, thus actively contributing to environmental protection. Raising awareness among younger generations through educational programs can also play a crucial role in promoting responsible behavior in the long term.

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The importance of Rafting for eco-responsible tourism

Sustainable Rafting has several advantages, including valorization of natural resources, THE local economic development and the ecosystem conservation. Let's see all this in more detail! 

Valorization of natural resources

Rafting, when practiced sustainably, allows you to enhance natural resources by encouraging practitioners to discover and appreciate the beauty of rivers and their surroundings, while becoming aware of the need to protect them. This awareness is essential for promote environmentally friendly tourism. By exploring preserved rivers, you become witness to the richness and diversity of aquatic ecosystems. Impossible to remain indifferent to the beauty of the Ubaye Valley! This direct connection with nature is sure to inspire a deep respect and desire to protect these precious habitats for future generations. 

By promoting natural landscapes through activities such as rafting, the local population can also promote other forms of sustainable tourism, such as hiking or birdwatching, thus diversifying economic opportunities while protecting the environment.

Local economic development

Sustainable Rafting can also be a engine of local economic development. By attracting environmentally conscious visitors, it encourages the emergence of small businesses highlighting regional know-how: guides, eco-responsible accommodation and restaurants using local products. 

By choosing local service providers, you contribute to a more sustainable and equitable economy. In addition, revenues generated by tourism can be reinvested in conservation and natural resource management projects, thus strengthening the resilience of local ecosystems. 

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Conservation of ecosystems

By promoting environmentally friendly practices, Rafting contributes to the conservation of ecosystems. Operators and practitioners aware of the fragility of aquatic environments can become actors in river protection, by participating in clean-up actions or supporting conservation projects. 

For example, some Rafting bases collaborate with researchers to monitor water quality and ecosystem health. By participating in these initiatives, you can help collect valuable data that will be used to develop sustainable river management strategies. Additionally, by sharing your experiences and knowledge with other outdoor enthusiasts, you can to raise awareness more people to the importance of protect our invaluable natural resources

Rafting is an activity that can have impacts on the environment, but with a sustainable approach, it is possible to minimize these effects and even to participate positively in the preservation of rivers and their ecosystems. By adopting a few of these tips, everyone can become a player in sustainable tourism and help preserve rivers for future generations, while fully enjoying the beauty and excitement that Rafting has to offer. 

Caroline Aalbers
Caroline Aalbers
Wat een geweldige ervaring, raften over de Ubaye! Prachtige natuur, mooie afwisselende tocht (inclusief zwemmen en in het water springen!) en geschikt voor elk niveau. Onze kinderen (6 en 9 jaar) hebben een super eerste raft ervaring gehad, mede dankzij onze leuke en goede gids. Ze willen zeker nog een keer :-)
Ziga Budja
Ziga Budja
Wonderfull family rafting experience. Just a little bit too much for my sensitive eight year old, but great overall. The river is beautiful with nice surroundings. The guide was excellent (forgot his name 🙄) and the whole team was very nice. The trip down the river took about one and a half hour with some stops. If you visit this place, your're not gonna be sorry! 👍🏻
Un lieu calme et agréable, accueillit par une équipe sympathique. Mise à disposition du barbecue pour le repas du midi avant le rafting. Tout est là pour votre bonheur.
Jerome Henry
Jerome Henry
Merci @CrazyWaterRafting pour les moments géniaux en famille. Nous avons fait rafting, rando aquatique et kayak avec 2 adultes et 2 ados : génial !! Guides super sympa, très pro, Contrairement à ce que l'on entend a la télé, le niveau d'eau dans cette rivière et plus que suffisant pour s'éclater ! Nb: la rando aquatique n'est pas très connue mais super aussi, descente de la rivière en nageant, dans un secteur plus calme que celui pour le rafting. Explication sur la nature, superbe paysages, surprise à la fin... Encore merci. Jérôme, Caroline, Charlotte et Manon.
Shameer Habibi
Shameer Habibi
Really fun, and a really good guide! Overall amazing
Melanie Macias
Melanie Macias
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Lorenzo Van Loon
Lorenzo Van Loon
We did two descents, one by raft and one by kayak, both with Julien as a guide. He seems totally crazy when you first meet him, but he was a great guide and made our day. Really spectacular river, with a lot of rapids and great views. We got out of the boats to swim a bit in one of the rapids and they took us to a rock where we could jump in to the water. Julien and the crew of Crazy Water are real professionals, but in for a laugh and a joke. A pity we could'n do the 'sport' descent, because of bad weather. But we sure come back. One remark; their 'bar' is quite empty, so make sure to bring your own drinks and food if you're planning to stay for a day.
verriez virginie
verriez virginie