At the end of January 2015 the French government presented its anti-pesticides program aimed at reducing their use by half at the horizon of 2025. Indeed, France is third in line of the countries that most consume pesticides in the world. In anticipation of the Pesticide Action Week and the alternatives to pesticides, we invite you to discover how Cast Members from the Nature and Environment department and the ladybugs shift into action!
The genesis of a commitment in favour of the environment
Environment protection is at the heart of the activities of the Nature and Environment Department at Disneyland Paris. In 2008, and due to growing concern as to the – then assumed – secondary effect of pesticides, the company decided to limit its use of these products.
After six years of effort, today we can see the results. Disneyland Paris has reduced its use of plant protective products, including the infamous pesticides, by 80%. This represents huge advantages for the health of our guests and Cast Members, the water resources and biodiversity. The weather profits as well from the reduction of greenhouse gases!
An integrated procedure that has brought the whole department on board
There are five people on the Nature and Environment team at Disneyland Paris who are in charge of managing plant protective products. Through technical and scientific watch as well as on-site intervention, they accompany their colleagues in implementing the good practices to prevent diseases that could have an impact on green areas.
Their actions range from favouring mulch on flowerbeds, reinforcing the population of useful insects, using alternative products -such as natural plant extracts – to even allowing certain so-called weeds, and have been generalised. In order to guarantee the success of their campaign the phytosanitary services have even named a referent in each team of gardeners who they train and inform so that person may provide first-hand assistance.
Auxiliaries are partners in the integrated pest control
As the Nature and Environment Department knows insects are our allies. Consequently, our Cast Members welcome a great number of useful auxiliaries each year to our destination. Ladybugs for example thrive in our flower beds and chickadees are sure to find room and board in the nest boxes set up especially for them throughout the site.