Discover the guidelines for the sustainability of cruises and recreational boating in the Mediterranean region!
The guidelines for the sustainability of cruises and recreational boating in the Mediterranean region have been published. They aim at providing Mediterranean decision-makers and stakeholders with an evidence-based sustainability roadmap to exploit the opportunities of both sectors while mitigating their negative effects on marine and coastal ecosystems, associated biodiversity, climate, air quality and local communities.
The guidelines are the result of a participatory process through a working group of about a hundred actors set up by Plan Bleu, bringing together representatives of the private sector, local, national, and regional authorities, NGOs, researchers, and international organizations working in the sector. It is an example of collaborative work of three Interreg Med Horizontal projects: the Sustainable Tourism Community, the Biodiversity Protection Community and Blue Growth.
The guidelines present some trends and challenges as well as a roadmap to environmental sustainability. They set up a vision for cruising and recreational boating, with sustainability objectives and practices like eliminating air emission of pollutants and greenhouse gases, safeguarding ecosystems and biodiversity, eliminating inputs of water pollution, preventing waste generation and improving its management, boosting knowledge and innovation, and avoiding impacts on local socio-economic systems. They also present case studies related to zoning, to the reduction of CO2 emissions or to environmental monitoring on board cruise ships.
Have a look at the guidelines here.