Our non-profit association XCSS – CROSS COUNTRY SKIING SAND, approved by 1% FTP, is developing the “XCSS climate can’t wait” project, which aims to find keys to climate resilience and adaptation in cooperation with desert peoples, and to push for climate action using a powerful and driving vector, sport.
The #01 SAHARA 2022 edition of the project took place from 09 to 14 May 2022 in Hassilabiad: a world first in Morocco through our unique combination of trail and cross-country skiing in the desert. This immersive, sporting, solidarity-based and collaborative event enabled us to forge links with local populations and to initiate actions on the following themes: agricultural cooperation and water management, raising awareness of climate issues among young people, promotion of women’s work, creation of a new committed sporting practice opening up to sustainable tourism…
Climate change makes it necessary to develop knowledge and improve resource management in (semi)arid regions and deserts.
We are convinced of the transformational and mobilising potential of our initiative, which is sponsored by Gwendal PEIZERAT, Olympic and world champion figure skater. Various partners have also chosen to be at our side in this long-term mission.
Here is a short video summary of our edition #01 SAHARA 2022:
We attach importance to the “simple/accessible” and “reproducible” character of our project at every level.
The 4 main axes targeted for the edition #02 SAHARA 2023 :
1- agricultural cooperation (including hemp), fresh water management (and possibly beekeeping)
2- sustainable development and support for women’s work in rural (semi)arid areas
3- environmental education and raising awareness of climate issues among young people
4- promotion and development of our sustainable and committed sports practice, cross-country skiing on sand, with an opening on sustainable tourism (or how to visit/practice the desert differently).
We are also planning a “recycling” challenge on prototype skis for the participants.