Station d’Observation et de Protection des Tortues et de leurs Milieux (SOPTOM)

Role within the Life program :
Responsible for monitoring tortoise behaviour in relation to management actions at the sites. Developing teaching tools and communication and information hub for the public.


Non-profit independent association specifically dedicated to the protection of tortoises and their habitat. The association has been based at Gonfaron since it started in 1986, and its main objective has always been the conservation of Hermann’s tortoise. An important part of its activities consists in educating and raising public awareness through its Tortoise Village. Since 1989, it has increased its fieldwork activities and research programs. It has also set up a care centre and a conservation breeding program.