To give our ambitions a chance to avoid uncontrolled exploitation of the territory, the Vallée Bras-du-Nord coop adopted since its inception the principles of sustainable tourism development. Not only is it our philosophy, but also a duty and above all, a responsibility.
This means ensuring intelligent and responsible development that meets the needs of current generations, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The strength of such a model is to meet the economic, social and environmental concerns, having heart to keep the balance between these different spheres. Also, it creates a real dialogue and a strong sense of a shared decision-making type win/win.
The peculiarities of the territory, composed of private and public land, encourage cooperative preferred orientation development that integrates local communities and users. In addition, the preservation of the landscape is part of the principles of sustainable development. This concern fosters dialogue among stakeholders, thereby ensuring the development and long-term conservation of Vallée Bras-du-Nord, a natural jewel.
For over 10 years, as shown by the many awards garnered, the Vallée Bras-du-Nord coop has demonstrated its ability to innovate and successfully achieve the objectives it sets. This amazing success, including sustainable tourism, arouses curiosity. Leaders are regularly invited to share their experiences. (see Conferences).
Examples of eco-friendly actions and commitments put forward by our cooperative:
" Sustainable tourism development meets the needs of present tourists and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future. It is seen as leading to management of all resources in such a way that economic, social and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity and life support systems. Under the condition that all stakeholders are actively involved and committed to respecting the effective implementation of sustainable tourism. "
- (World Tourism Organization)
Louis Jobin High School in St. Raymond has developed a school program with an outdoors concentration that leverages the wealth of St-Raymond’s territory and surrounding areas. It was built in collaboration with Vallée Bras-du-Nord’s coop, whose expertise in education through adventure and nature has been successfully used. The school offers this program to students of 4th and 5th secondary level.
Many successes in recent years and multiple benefits generated by Vallée Bras-du-Nord’s model of cooperative solidarity attract curiosity. This model shines throughout Quebec and beyond its borders.