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Stéphane PatrySyndicat Intercommunal du Vuache

Stéphane Patry

In charge of local development and the protection of natural areas

The need to be at one with nature is essential. It’s easy to go walking in nature and to observe it, but not always easy to understand it.
There’s nothing better than talking to an expert to really improve your knowledge.
Come and meet Stéphane Patry from the Syndicat Intercommunal du Vuache and explore the fauna and flora of the mountains with him.

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“Happiness begins with a good mood. ”

Stéphane Patry
Stéphane Patry

Nature lover

As a passionate naturalist, Stéphane is a great fan of the Vuache and the biodiversity there. He has a Master’s degree in science and ecology and he quickly discovered he had a great interest in botany. He admits “I was more attracted to the scientific side of my studies that literature”. At the beginning of the 2000s, he joined the team at the Syndicat Intercommuncal du Vuache. Firstly he was a member of the development team, then he became a project manager devoted to development and the protection of natural areas. He is a native of the Giffre valley and before long felt at home in the Pays du Vuache. Thanks to his skills and knowledge of local fauna and flora, he is now a reference in his field and everyone appreciates the fact that he’s always in a good mood and smiling.
On a daily basis he manages the development of adapted hiking, MTB and horse-riding trails in the area and encourages the use of them via various initiatives. But that is not all!
Stéphane likes to get out there himself and you’ll often see him out on the trails. He will show you the various signs detailing the history and archaeology of the Vuache and with explanations of the landscapes all around.

Stéphane Patry

Raising awareness

In an educational way, he also makes school groups and visitors aware of the regulations in place to protect natural areas. For him, “It is important to be able to explain this in a way that people find interesting. If we are to safeguard ecosystems, we must be aware of how to use them moderately”. As part of his role in development, he is in charge of ensuring the footpaths are safe, marked-out and can be used. It is very important for him to be able to take a step back, and put himself in the shoes of the walkers. This helps him to ensure the quality of the facilities and ensure they are suitable for public use. “When I go walking, I pretend I don’t know the area. I explore the footpaths to try to understand and figure out what people might expect from this area”.
This critical stance allows him to see what might otherwise be overlooked. The fascinating biodiversity of the Vuache is a real treasure and every walk is amazing. Above-all, Stéphane enjoys meeting people, chatting to them and sharing knowledge. For the past 22 years, Stéphane has been working on building a strong connection with the locals and local authorities.
He has spent a lot of time with Jacques Bordon (renowned naturalist in Haute-Savoie) and much of his knowledge and passion was passed on from him. Every day, he draws inspiration from his passion for the mountains and his fondness for the local people who are so deeply attached to their region.

A priority for him today is to raise awareness and safeguard the Vuache. The Vuache is listed as a remarkable site of Haute-Savoie, is classified a NATURA 2000 site and a Sensitive Natural Area for its biodiversity. He works hard to share and pass on his respect for the area, for the fascinating wealth of the natural, cultural and rural heritage here. “Exploring the Vuache is discovering the very heart of nature”.

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A dish


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