During their corporate event on the Costa Brava, a group of 120 employees of an equipment company for the energy industry from Hamburg opted for socially responsible activity in the Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park.
Fil Mediterranean Travel Designers, a member of the Costa Brava Girona Convention Bureau (CBGCB), developed a concept and set up a proposal. The aim was to organise a group experience in the open air, in the midst of a natural environment, in order to showcase the company’s commitment to the environment and sustainability by the active involvement of their employees in tasks which have a real, positive impact on their surroundings.
Thus, the activities chosen were in support of a European project for the recovery of the natural Baix Ter marshes, which has been ongoing for 10 years, within the Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park framework.
The group split into two teams: one was to operate on the Gola del Ter beach and the other in the dune woodlands of the Montgrí massif.
Each group carried out tasks to clear the invasive species which prevent the recovery of the natural environment and planted indigenous plants in their place. They also built nests for birds and bats, as well as “insect hotels” to enable their reproduction, all-important within the food chain of so many animal species which inhabit this very delicate area, from the ecosystem viewpoint.
The Torroella de Montgrí-L’Estartit municipality, where the activity took place, obtained the second position in the World Best Sustainable Destinations awards, whose patron is the prestigious Green Destinations association. The municipality is also a member of the Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTourR) and has been awarded the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism by the Europarc Federation.