Committed to preserving the environment and resources of Avène-les-Bains

For nature

Committed to preserving the environment and resources of Avène-les-Bains

It is in the heart of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park, in the south of France, in an unspoiled natural environment, that this gift of nature, the Avène Thermal Spring Water, springs up. We owe it to ourselves to understand this exceptional water. We must also ensure its permanence and purity, so that it continues to be safe for treating sensitive skin, and respect its environment.

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The birth and life of Avène Thermal Spring Water

Avène Thermal Spring Water emerges at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, with mountain and continental climates, in Occitanie, in the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park. The richness of the biodiversity and the low level of human activity create a protective environment. From the impluvium, a natural area for collecting rainwater, a spontaneous and virtuous process begins: travelling from here for more than 50 years, deep through the heart of the Dolomites, the Avène Thermal Spring Water emerges, rich in benefits, at a constant temperature, composition, and flow at the Sainte-Odile source. 

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Preserving the Avène-les-Bains impluvium

The Avène-les-Bains impluvium covers 27 km². This is where the rainwater starts its long journey and feeds the Avène Thermal Spring Water reservoir. The Avène-les-Bains impluvium has a rich biodiversity and 76% of it is made up of forests. Beyond the actions that we set up on the thermal park to preserve it, we are working with the local actors to collectively define a sustainable management plan for this exceptional territory.

Discover the Avène impluvium

Discover the Avène impluvium

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The birthplace of the thermal spring water, the Avène impluvium, is at the heart of a protected environment and biodiversity.

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Knowledge and use of Avène Thermal Spring Water

Knowledge and use of Avène Thermal Spring Water

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The better we understand it, the better we can preserve and use it wisely.

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The Water Research Centre 

The Water Research Centre ensures the control and monitoring of Avène Thermal Spring Water, to develop knowledge about its origins and ensures its impluvium is protected. The Avène Hydrotherapy Centre is the only one in France to benefit from the expertise of a Water Research Centre. The centre carries out an average of 40,000 checks per year to guarantee the quality of the thermal spring water. It is accredited by the Cofrac in accordance with the ISO/IEC 17025 standard for its physical-chemical and microbiological sampling and analysis activities. The Water Laboratory also works with local actors to carry out studies and research for the territory, it carries out these activities in support of the sustainable management of resources. The Water Research Centre also spreads knowledge about water and Avène Thermal Spring Water through awareness-raising activities.

 

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At the heart of Avène-les-Bains

For more than 30 years, at the thermal site, we have been making a positive contribution to the challenges of sustainable development to preserve the environment and the resources of Avène-les-Bains. We have an ISO 14001 certified production plant, a thermal park with refuge status from LPO (League for the Protection of Birds), sustainable watering and sustainable forest management. We are implementing actions to minimise our environmental footprint, participate in the economic and social life of the region and enhance the heritage and biodiversity of our sites. 
 

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Acting sustainably to preserve Avène Thermal Spring Water 

We know the importance of respecting ecosystems, biodiversity, soils and subsoils for maintaining the balance of Avène Thermal Spring Water. We take care to involve ourselves in environmental and social issues to act sustainably on a daily basis. Discover the interview with experts and what they’re doing to preserve the environment and the resources of Avène-les-Bains.

Ensuring that the Avène environment is respected

Ensuring that the Avène environment is respected

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Our CSR experts, Sévérine Roullet-Furnemont and Sandrine Bessou Touya, put our actions into perspective.

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Water, man and trees

Water, man and trees

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Nicolas Kremer, an agricultural engineer at the ONF, explains the importance of forests for the Avène-les-Bains ecosystems and what is being done to take care of them.

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