Case Studies

National Trust Northern Ireland

The National Trust (Mournes) has worked with event organisers on a number of occasions to assist in restorative works on the pitch path on Slieve Donard. A number of events have asked participants to carry a kilo of grass seed or fertiliser to a drop off point on the mountain, where it is stored for works being carried out in the future.

Up to 100 kilos of materials have been carried up during a single event, enabling valuable volunteer time to be spared for other projects.

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WWF France Pandathlon

World Wildlife Fund France works to protect the natural environment and cultural heritage of the French Alps through its WWF European Alpine Programme. This programme seeks to manage threats to the nature of the alpine area through urbanisation, traffic, tourism, agriculture, freshwater supply and climate change.

Since 2010, WWF France has organised the ‘Pandathlon’ which is held in Saint Gervais, Mont Blanc, one of the last large areas of wilderness in Europe. This is an untimed, uncompetitive walking event held over two days.

It comprises a strict number of teams of three participants, with each team pledging to raise at least €900 to go towards the area in which the event is held.

The Pandathlon has two main aims, notably: raising funds for the preservation of the biodiversity of the Mont Blanc region and increasing participation in sport.

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It is marketed as:

  • providing a commitment to help preserve the Alps
  • a unique, eco-friendly, festive and friendly event
  • a sporting challenge at the heart of Mont Blanc
  • a way of discovering the biodiversity of the alpine region not just through participation, but also by workshops and presentations

The event maintains its credentials as a responsible and sustainable event through a number of simple, yet effective methods:

  • a detailed website connected to social media
  • the use of public transport and shuttle connections from nearby ‘hubs’ to the start / finish area
  • the promotion of car pooling
  • the use of existing camp sites
  • provision of each participant with a reusable water bottle
  • disqualification of participants if they are found to be damaging the environment or carrying out antisocial behaviour
  • using existing facilities including paths and local accommodation

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This project is funded by Sport Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and is supported by Mourne Heritage Trust, Leave No Trace, National Trust, Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme, Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership and Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust.

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