Develop Tourism Division

Responsibilities and missions

Inaddition to its statutory remit, the Syndicat is generally responsible for coordinating and managing tourism activities on the reservoir, in partnership with the various government departments and local authorities.

The three sectoral commissions defined by the syndicate committee are intended to act as a source of proposals and support for decisions ratified by the deliberative assembly. To this end, five key areas of S.M.A.D.E.S.E.P. policy were defined at the end of 2009, to guide the work of each commission as far as possible.

1. Developing the Syndicat's institutional base

a. Sign up local authorities in the Alpes de Haute-Provence region

b. Improve land management (public hydroelectric domain conceded to E.D.F., Département land made available to the Syndicat)

c. Strengthen institutional (State, Region, Conservatoire du Littoral, Pays) and technical (RRGMA, UPACA...) partnerships



2. Structure and consolidate the nautical tourism offer

a. Ensure the qualitative development of yachting through a comprehensive nautical development plan (quay and launching ramp, careening area, fuel pump, dry port, etc.)

b. Ensure the complementarity and necessary diversification of the local tourism economy (regional APN program)

c. Support the necessary professionalization of Serre-Ponçon's players

d. Aim for quality labeling of nautical tourism sites (blue flag, "tourisme et handicap" label, etc.)

3. Protect and better manage water resources

a. Implement a Serre-Ponçon / Haute Durance watershed contract

b. Guarantee the sustainable development of nautical activities (adaptation to tidal range, fuel pump, careening area), based in particular on the "Clean Ports" diagnosis

c. Work together on the scale of the Durance watershed (EPTB, SAGE, SOURSE)



4. Providing sustainable solutions to tourism and environmental issues at the tail of the reservoir (Durance branch)

a. Approve an operational management plan for the tail of the "Durance" reservoir, taking into account the sector's specific challenges (tidal range, sand winds, boating activities, "upstream" ecological link, extractions, etc.)



5. Provide the S.M.A.D.E.S.E.P. with a working tool adapted to its missions and operations

a. Provide workshops (for boats and public works equipment) and storage facilities as close as possible to the main activity (lakeside)

b. Make the Syndicat's institutional existence clearer, with a functional location that is both technical (lake harbour master's office) and administrative (head office)

c. Enhance the digital management of databases entrusted to the Syndicat (Web GIS)



In organizational terms, these strategic orientations can be approached through 3 divisions covering all the issues on which S.M.A.D.E.S.E.P. is called upon to intervene.

One of the S.M.A.D.E.S.E.P.'s remits is to manage and implement all tourism development operations within its area of competence. The aim of the sustainable tourism development cluster is to structure and maintain the tourism offer, mainly nautical, on the Lac de Serre-Ponçon and its shores.

1. Ensure economic development by consolidating the tourism offering throughout the different seasons

With a view to developing and harmonizing the nautical, tourist and sporting activities practiced on the reservoir and its banks, and in order to protect the site from the risk of a proliferation of disparate and unsightly developments, the "tourism commission" is the body responsible for proposing the most appropriate actions in terms of tourism on Lac de Serre-Ponçon. The aim is to ensure complementarity and the necessary diversification of the local tourist economy, while respecting the Serre-Ponçon environment.

SMADESEP has defined the conditions for occupying the public hydroelectric domain and the various nautical, tourist and sporting activities carried out on the reservoir and its banks.

At the request of the interested party, the "tourism commission" examines the request and, by means of an agreement, issues a temporary occupation permit (AOT) specifying the purpose and duration of the occupation. The authorization, which is always granted on a precarious and revocable basis, is subject to a fee for occupying the public domain.

All applications must be submitted before December 31, for a proposed activity for the following summer. The Tourism Commission meets every year before March 31 to examine applications.

Temporary Occupancy Permit procedures

In all cases, any temporary installation project intended to be set up on Serre-Ponçon's public hydro-electric domain must firstobtain an AOT agreement.

This agreement, if granted , in no wayprejudices other applicable legislation (coastal law, building permits, etc.).

The common legal instrument is thetemporary occupation permit, subject to a fee and always issued on a personal, precarious and revocable basis.

Around Lac de Serre-Ponçon, a "Tourism" commission has been set up, with the main aim of examining requests forAOTs and gathering the opinions of the organizations concerned.

For all requests for application, renewal or modification of an AOT in Serre-Ponçon, a file must be completed and returned to SMADESEP (AOT application file), together with supporting documents.

Selection criteria for AOT applications :

  1. Quality of the application: business plan, jobs generated, quality of the file, etc.
  2. Investment planned by the applicant for the project
  3. Integration of the project into its immediate environment

Deadline for AOT applications: Amend

All AOT applications must be submitted to the S.M.A.D.E.S.E.P, Tourism Department, bySeptember 30 of year "n-1" at the latest, for an installation planned for year "n+1". (e.g.: for an installation starting in 2024, applications must be submitted no later than September 30, 2023).

Scale of charges for occupying the public hydroelectric domain :

All occupation of the Serre-Ponçon public hydroelectric domain is subject to payment of a fee:

List of Temporary Occupancy Agreements on the Serre-Ponçon public domain