Blue Flag Marinas Sardinia 2017

Blue Flag Marinas 2017 in Sardinia: when people talks about the Blue Flags tends to focus on beaches, in fact still a few know that this appreciated eco label is also given to worldwide marinas that are able to prove that they’re respecting all the needed critera. By the way the “Blue Flag Programme for marinas and beaches” promotes sustainable development in freshwater and marine areas and it’s run by the non-governmental, non-profit organisation called FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education, based in Denmark). Goal of the program is to push local authorities and beach operators to achieve higher standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education and safety.

Well, Italy got 65 Blue Flags for its Marinas in 2017 and 9 of Tourist Harbour awarded are located in Sardinia, mostly in the north east of our island: La Maddalena, Palau, Olbia (2), Arzachena, Santa Teresa Gallura, Castelsardo (north west Sardinia), Santa Maria Navarrese (central east Sardinia), and Quartu Sant’Elena (South Sardinia, very close to Cagliari).

LIST OF THE 9 BLUE FLAG MARINAS IN SARDINIA 2017:

BLUE FLAG MARINAS IN GALLURA (NORTH EAST SARDINIA):

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View of the Porto Cervo Marina (screenshot taken by its official website)

BLUE FLAG MARINA IN THE PROVINCE OF SASSARI (NORTH WEST SARDINIA):

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View of Castelsardo from its Marina (photo by JoseluBilbo – CC BY-ND 2.0)

BLUE FLAG MARINA IN OGLIASTRA (CENTRAL EAST SARDINIA):

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Panoramic view of the Santa Maria Navarrese tourist harbour (taken by its official website)

BLUE FLAG MARINA IN THE PROVINCE OF CAGLIARI (SOUTH SARDINIA):

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Marina di Capitana (taken by its official website)

Look for them all on the interactive map avaible on Fee official website.

DEFINITION OF A BLUE FLAG MARINA:

What’s a Blu Flag Marina? Here is the proper definition taken by the FEE officiale website:

A Blue Flag marina must be a marina with pontoons or piers for pleasure boats. It can be part of a larger harbour with other activities, if the Blue Flag marina is clearly separated from other harbour activities. The marina can be located in marine or inland waters. The marina must have the necessary facilities to comply with the Blue Flag criteria. The marina must appoint a person to be responsible for communications on all matters relating to the Blue Flag programme. The marina must be accessible for unannounced inspection by FEE.

BLUE FLAG MARINA CRITERIA:

So, what services and facilities we should expect from a Marina that was awarded with the Blue Flag? Here is the full list of the critera to respect, the most are imperative, others are simply guideline. Have also to add that the Blue Flag marina criteria listed below are just the minimum requirement, it means that a national programme or a single marina can choose to have stricter criteria to what is outlined here.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND INFORMATION:

1. Information relating to local eco-systems and environmental phenomena must be available to marina users

2. A code of conduct that reflects appropriate laws governing the use of the marina and surrounding areas must be displayed at the marina.

3. Information about the Blue Flag marina programme and/or the Blue Flag marina criteria and other FEE eco-label must be displayed in the marina

4. The marina is responsible for offering at least three environmental education activities to the users and staff of the marina

5. The individual Blue Flag for boat owners is offered through the marina

6. Twice a year there is a meeting with the staff about Blue Flag measurements / environment / sustainability

7. Every employee knows about Blue Flag and can communicate about Blue Flag with the guests

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

8. A marina management committee should be established to be in charge of instituting environmental management systems and conducting regular environmental audits of the marina facility

9. The marina must have an environmental policy and an environmental plan. The plan should include references to water management, waste and energy consumption, health and safety issues, and the use of environmentally-friendly products wherever possible

10. Sensitive area management.

11. Adequate and properly identified, segregated containers must be in place for the storage of hazardous wastes. The wastes have to be handled by a licensed contractor and disposed of at a licensed facility for hazardous wastes

12. Adequate and well-managed litterbins and/or garbage containers must be place. The wastes are handled by a licensed contractor and disposed of at a licensed facility

13. The marina must have facilities for receiving recyclable waste materials, such as bottles, cans, paper, plastic, organic material, etc.

14. Bilge water pumping facilities should be available at the marina

15. Toilet tank waste reception facilities must be present in the marina

16. All buildings and equipment must be properly maintained and be in compliance with national legislation. The marina must be well integrated into the surrounding natural and built environment

17. Adequate, clean and well sign-posted sanitary facilities, including washing facilities must be in place and provide drinking water. Sewage disposal is controlled and directed to a licensed sewage treatment

18. If the marina has boat repairing and washing areas, no pollution must enter the sewage system, marina land and water or the natural surroundings

19. Sustainable transportation should be promoted

20. Parking/driving is not permitted in the marina, unless in specific designated areas

21. The water consumption in the sanitary facilities and showers must be controlled

22. There must be an environmental policy and an environmental plan for the marina. The plan should include a data collection of water management, waste and energy consumption, health and safety issues as well as the use of environmentally friendly products wherever possible. All employees must be informed and educated about these issues

23. Only environmentally friendly cleaning products must be used for the cleaning of the facilities in the marina

24. Only environmentally friendly toiletries, paper towels and toilet papers must be provided in the sanitary facilities of the marina. Soap and other personal care products must be provided in dispensers with a dosing system

25. Only energy efficient lighting must be used. Sensors which regulate the use of the light should be installed wherever considered as being useful

26. The energy supply of the marina should be based on renewable energies

27. The marina should aim at being climate neutral

28. Artificially/Man-made green areas and gardens in the marina must be maintained sustainably

29. The facilities in the marina must be made of environmentally friendly materials. Local suppliers should be preferably used when equipping the marina with new buildings, infrastructure or furniture

SAFETY AND SERVICES

30. Adequate and well signposted lifesaving, first-aid equipment and fire-fighting equipment must be present. Equipment must be approved by national authorities

31. Emergency plans in case of pollution, fire or other accidents must be produced

32. Safety precautions and information must be posted at the marina

33. Electricity and water is available at the berths, installations must be approved according to national legislation

34. Facilities for disabled people should be in place

35. A Map indicating the location of the different facilities must be posted at the marina

WATER QUALITY

36. The water in the marina must be visually clean without any evidence of pollution, e.g. oil, litter, sewage or other evidence of pollution

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

37. The marina management has a CSR policy, covering the areas of Human

SOCIAL / COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

38. The marina management takes at least two measures to encourage sustainable relationships in the immediate environment and to fulfill its commitment to perform better on social fields Rights, Labour Equity Environmental Education and Anti-corruption

For more dettails and explanations check the “Blue flag marina criteria and explanatory notes“.

The main picture is an aerial view of Porto Rotondo tourist harbor, taken by its official website.
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