Environmental sustainability

Our kayak routes run through important ecosystems, notably natural corridors which
are part of the European network Nature 2000 and are sites of special scientific
interest. This is a privileged opportunity to discover and enjoy the biodiversity of the
natural environment of the river or ‘ripisylve’ (the name being derived from the Latin
ripa, ‘bank’ and silva, ‘forest’) together with wooded, herbaceous and bushy areas on
the banks of the river.

Kayak del Ter sits at the entrance of the Parc Natural del
Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Baix Ter. We work together
with our partners in the park to develop sustainable tourism.

Moreover, since 2019, we have been a partner business of
the CETS (European Charter for Sustainable Tourism –
European Charter Partner).

We are also a certified SICTED destination (Sistema
Integral de Calidad Turística Española en Destinos).

Examples of our procedures

We are particularly conscious to respect the nesting seasons of birds
and other animals which live and breed close to the river Ter and we maintain the river
bed as much as the banks. That is why we follow strictly the guidance of the
Department of the Environment and we close our Route 2 and Discovery Route
between 15th March and 30th June each year.

We adapt our timetables so they have no adverse effect on the conservation plan for
certain species such as the otter.

Our kayaks are made from plastic which is 100% recyclable; the life jackets are also
made from recyclable foam; and the waterproof bags are made from recycled material.

Kayak del Ter is constantly looking for suppliers who can guarantee the best
environmental practices.

We are constantly clearing plastic and other rubbish from the river which has been
generated by floods and all the man made products that find their way into the river,
avoiding the debris discharging into the sea and generating microplastics which enter
the food chain.

We also manage the tree trunks and the rest of the vegetation which can block or affect the natural flow of the river and allow non-indigenous species to build their nests, rigourously following the directives of the ACA (Catalan water agency) which derive from the Department of the Environment.

We work with all the scientific and environmental projects which need our input.