On the GR20, between inclines and footbridges, the growing number of walkers is indissociable from a certain change in behaviours. The days of seasoned mountaineers who stop to sleep in the villages are gone. These are changes that, according to the president of the ATC, “must be accompanied by a unified and reasoned approach to land conservation".
This thinking has lead to the Corsican Tourist Board (ATC), together with the Parc naturel régional de la Corse (Corsican Regional Natural Park) (PNRC), which manages the route and its refuges, working to raise awareness of environmental protection among sports trip enthusiasts travelling on foot. And to achieve the objective set, the partners have, for now, been focusing on "a charter for the environmentally responsible hiker".
According to the Charter
Like any natural space, the Corsican Regional Natural Park is a fragile entity that should be protected and respected by adopting the right behaviour:
- Wild camping is prohibited.
- Use the parking areas.
- Don’t drop litter, take it with you.
- Respect private property, farm crops and also animals.
- Watch out for wild animals and try not to scare them.
- Don’t pick the flowers that cover the undergrowth.
- Keep dogs on a leash.
- Refrain from smoking and don’t light any forest fires.