12 August 2018

Charter “Nature & Handicap”

Charter “Nature and Disability”

This Charter proposes guidelines for the actors of the field of disability and those of the environment to commit to a better accessibility of nature and an effective implementation of a right to nature for all.

It can be signed and integrated into the institution’s reference documents (statutes, terms of reference, institutional project, etc.) or serve as a basic outline for a nature and disability strategy.

Signatories and users are invited to report on the website http://nature-handicap.eu in order to promote the exchange and networking of institutions that promote equality in Europe.


The signatories of this charter,

Private, parapublic or public actors in the field of disability, health and social and medico-social action on the one hand,

Private parapublic or public actors in the field of the environment, on the other hand,

  • Noting that the non-access of persons with disabilities to nature and its benefits constitutes a form of aggravation of the disadvantage
  • Recognizing the social and societal benefits of better access for all to the environment and greater equality between individuals
  • Affirming that voluntary and organized action will improve the situation of this accessibility

Undertake on a voluntary basis to implement the principles set out below:


Integrate the accessibility issue into the organization’s strategy

  • To explicitly mention the principle of accessibility to nature in the orientation documents of the structure
  • Formulate periodic objectives on this dimension in the strategy (action sheets, animation or development plans …)
  • Integrate the participation of people with disabilities in nature activities as an indicator in the process of periodic evaluation of the structure
  • Devote an annual agenda item for a meeting of the board of directors / board of directors / supervisory board / deliberative assembly to the question


Ensure quality information and adopt appropriate communication

  • Guarantee the accessibility of institutional information relating to nature (activity information, tariffs, website, nature activity offer …)
  • Integrate the principles of inclusive communication into its communication strategy
  • Inform people with disabilities of precisely accessible offers
  • Relay for the dissemination of information to the public


Develop the reception capacities of teams and places

  • Guarantee the physical and physical accessibility of the largest possible number of places and allow them to be identified
  • Devote identified resources to support and move people to nature
  • Devote resources to the renaturation of the places of life of people with disabilities or go to meet them in their place of life
  • Train teams to welcome people with disabilities / development of nature activities with these audiences
  • Identify in the organization chart a reference person responsible for this overall approach


Design an accessible and accessible service offer

  • Identify and design “nature benefits” integrating inclusiveness into each of the organization’s areas of intervention or for each of the major categories of public welcomed
  • Integrate a nature and accessibility dimension as much as possible into every initiative carried by the organization
  • Proposing primarily inclusive, more specialized activities
  • Do not apply extra cost to specialized activities for disabled people
  • Offer additional supports and facilities for people with disabilities (transport, accompaniment, audioguides …)
  • Offer actively to people without disabilities to participate in experiences, sharing and co-activities with people with disabilities
  • Propose an interlocutor or an identified and accessible means of contact for the organization of inclusive activities


Create the material and organizational conditions for participation

  • Associate people with disabilities in the definition, planning, organization and evaluation of natural activities by identifying places, times and tools for participation
  • Lift the brakes on responsibility within the organization by people with disabilities
  • Translate ambitions in terms of accessibility of nature in working time, funding and resources allocated


Promote the sharing of good practices and experiments

  • Participate in research and promotion of the accessibility of nature
  • Contribute to trainings and to the reception of trainees on this theme
  • Formalize its practices and experiences to pool them
  • Integrate the “accessibility of nature” dimension into its watch strategy

    Download the “Nature & Handicap” charter in PDF format