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The Pays Foyen Tourist Office is gradually committing to a sustainable development approach. Thus, we have identified all the offer of the territory in connection with ecotourism and sustainable development for stays that are more respectful of the environment and local populations.

A territory crossed by the Dordogne river

The Dordogne is one of the most famous rivers in France offering an exceptionally preserved setting.

With a total length of 483 km, the Dordogne river crosses six departments, Puy-de-Dôme, Cantal, Corrèze, Lot, Dordogne and Gironde. And thus three regions: Auvergne Rhône Alpes, Occitanie, and New Aquitaine.

It is the only river in France whose entire basin has been classified as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and a natural site registered with Natura 2000.

Application sites of UNESCO's program on Man and the Biosphere, the Reserves are places for learning and experimenting with sustainable development. They are also territories committed to the preservation of landscapes, ecosystems and species, in which we have managed to maintain a balance between nature and human activities.

Quays of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande

Fish wisely

To can fish in fresh waters of Gironde, the fishing card, formerly known as a “fishing permit” is compulsory. By purchasing this card, you are joining an Approved Association for Fishing and Protection of the Aquatic Environment (AAPPMA). There are seven different fishing maps. Each has its own characteristics and corresponds to a type of angler. Discover them and find the one that suits you best!

Fishing Dordogne

The Federation carries out numerous actions each year in order toimprove the preservation and restoration of our aquatic environments : inventories and monitoring of aquatic species and habitats, development and restoration of spawning grounds and wetlands of piscicultural interest, hydromorphological restoration of watercourses, contribution to the restoration of ecological continuity.

Moving around the territory…

Getting around on foot

The Pays Foyen has many hiking trails that allow you to discover the territory at your own pace. Thirteen local hiking loops are to be discovered, i.e. a total of 97 kilometers of marked paths through woods, vineyards and typical villages. As diverse as the intense colors of our landscapes throughout the seasons, hikes in Pays Foyen are suitable for all levels and all tastes. Everyone will find on our trails the healthy joys that unspoiled nature provides. And that all year round!


Getting around by bike

To explore the territory it is possible to use the bicycle or the electrically assisted bicycle. Many possibilities are available to you, do not hesitate to visit our page dedicated to cycling in Pays Foyen.

The train

The train is a good means of responsible transport for visiting the surroundings of the Pays Foyen. Through the line Bordeaux-Bergerac-Sarlat. Thanks to this line you will be able to go to Dordogne towards Bergerac or Sarlat or to Gironde towards Saint-Émilion, Libourne or Bordeaux.

Promote local products

Buy second-hand

In constant search to reduce ultimate waste, USTOM created in 2011 the Recycling, of which she is a director. The objective of this appendix is ​​to promote the reusereuse and  recycling objects deposited by users, in recycling centers or directly at the Recyclerie.

Buy Foyen

Launched in 2021, buy hearth it is the 100% loyal platform that allows you to find services near you. This platform allows you to order online, pay securely, have items delivered or picked up in store and discover the many businesses in the area!, is a local internet marketplace for the Pays Foyen. It is an e-commerce platform bringing together businesses in the region. Companies can offer their products and services for sale there. With more than 650 products and 90 companies since its launch, the Pays Foyen marketplace offers a variety of food, fashion, home, toys, local products, craftsmen ...

Labeled winegrowers

The Pays Foyen is a wine-growing territory with a great diversity of wine appellations. Many partners of the Tourist Office are committed to a responsible and sustainable development approach.

The HVE label, High Environmental Value, guarantees that the agricultural practices used throughout a farm preserve the natural ecosystem and reduce the pressure on the environment (soil, water, biodiversity, etc.) to a minimum. This is a rewarding mention, provided for by the Rural and Maritime Fisheries Code, in the same way as "mountain product" or "farm product". This is a voluntary approach that is implemented by farmers to promote their best practices.

The High Environmental Value label is based on indicators measuring the environmental performance of operations. It is based on four themes:

  • the preservation of biodiversity (insects, trees, hedges, grass strips, flowers, etc.);
  • the phytosanitary strategy;
  • fertilization management;
  • irrigation management

Organic Farming : Organic farming is a mode of production that finds its originality in the use of cultural and breeding practices that respect natural balances. Thus, it excludes the use of synthetic chemicals, GMOs and limits the use of inputs.

Terra Vitis certification,

is a major French environmental certification exclusively dedicated to the wine sector, recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, based in an equitable manner on the three pillars of sustainable development:

  • Environmental Commitment
  • Social responsibility
  • Economic sustainability

Terra Vitis certification thus provides:

  • the recognition and promotion of all the work undertaken by the women and men involved in the process,
  • the guarantee of certified responsible viticulture, a guarantee of seriousness for consumers.

Sorting in Pays Foyen

In Pays Foyen, waste sorting and collection is carried out by USTOM. Do not hesitate to visit their website to find out about all the waste sorting and collection methods.