Boating on the lake resumes


The President of the Syndicat Mixte d'Aménagement et de Développement de Serre-Ponçon (S.M.A.DE.SE.P.), Victor BERENGUEL, wishes to inform users and partners of the alpine reservoir of his total commitment to ensuring that boating activities resume as quickly as possible. He has just written to the Prefects of the Alpes de Haute-Provence and Hautes-Alpes departments to ask them to reauthorize boating from the lake's harbours, as is now possible on the coast.

This would be a measure ofterritorial fairness, for an area affected by the requirements of the Loi Littoral (Coastal Law) and for departments already impacted by the early closure of winter sports resorts. What's more, as a member of the Union des Ports de Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur et de Monaco, SMADESEP was involved in the work led by the French Federation of Marinas to define the technical and sanitary conditions for reopening the ports, in collaboration with the French Ministry of the Ecological Transition: while the number of visitors to the lake will remain fairly limited in the spring, it is now in a position to propose a range of measures to limit the risk of an epidemic, in particular by displaying information on sanitary measures to be adopted at access points to the lake.

Lastly, and more generally, we need to work with the local communities to prepare the conditions that will enable all water sports activities to resume gradually, some of which already appear to be a priority in view of the professional practices usually seen in May (kite-surfing, passenger boating, etc.). The relevance of the full range of measures to be taken during the high tourist season, which is so strategic for an entire region, will undoubtedly depend on this "work in progress" implementation, involving socio-professional players and public authorities.

This is the main message that Victor BERENGUEL will be taking to the meeting already scheduled with the Prefect of the Hautes-Alpes, to ensure that we support the national deconfinement process as effectively as possible, while also protecting the local populations who are highly dependent, directly or indirectly, on the recreational activities offered in our beautiful nautical destination.