On 29 May the FEDETON (European Federation of Nautical Tourism Destinations) invites European countries with nautical and coastal tourism interests to the European Union Regional Committee in Brussels.
The aim is to gather the largest number of signatures from all those attending from the various European countries. Coming from Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Malta, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Belgium, France and Spain, several actors seem to be interested by the opportunity. Close to 100 participants are expected on the day.
Mr Luis Valcarel, President of the Committee of the Regions and Ms Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will open the day's discussions which will conclude with the signing of a sustainable nautical tourism manifesto.
Joan M Campolier, President of FEDETON, will open the symposium and cover a variety of topics, including the common European policy on nautical tourism, strategies for coastal and maritime tourism, and the underlying principles of the proposal for a sustainable nautical tourism.
Today, tourism and consequently, nautical tourism plays a vital role in social and economic development for the benefit of local populations. Coastal areas offer the greatest prospects for development but they can be threatened as a result of excessive and uncontrolled inhabitation of the area.
The conclusion is compelling: excessive exploitation of natural resources leads to the deterioration of the environment and ultimately, reduced development potential of these tourist areas.
Nautical tourism is a key player in this issue. A consensus can be reached among the various players in tourism development for a Code of Conduct for best practice in the nautical activity sector.
The Manifesto for Sustainable Nautical Tourism aims to bring together as many participants as possible, to create a unified movement around common goals for the future of coastal areas.
29th April 2014 – Programme
Reminder: Key points in the Sustainable Tourism Manifesto
- Preserve the natural balance and ecosystem functions of territories
- Maintain support for Marine Protected Areas and ensure the conservation of endangered species through eco-friendly practices
- Reduce consumption of natural resources and seek to limit the impact of nautical activity on the environment.
- Improving the wealth of local communities through the implementation of development potential and stable employment through facilitating their access to water activity.
- Use water activities as a means of promoting education for healthy living lifestyles and the preservation of the environment.
- Adopt an innovative marketing approach that enhances public involvement and environmental protection.
- Promote the idea that nautical tourism sites are compatible with other activities taking into account their true capacity to accommodate tourism in the area.
- Make nautical tourism sites compatible with others tourist uses, scaling occupation level of water sports to the capacity of the territory.
- Encourage building open dialogue and facilitating mass participation.
- Contribute to the pioneering role in sustainable development of destinations involved in adherence to the Charter, particularly in the context of dialogue with the working groups of the FEDETON.
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