Sustainable boating

Last month European Boating Industry's secretary general was invited to speak at the workshop organised by Sardegna Ricerche, the Sardinian R&D agency, about "Smart & Sustainable Boating in the Mediterranean".

The event was held in Cagliari, Sardinia, on 10 November, gathering Italian and foreign experts who exchanged views and experiences on some of the key topics for the industry.

The topics included nautical activities in marine protected areas, green innovation and solutions, sustainable port management or rules and regulations.

Boating service businesses, ports, marinas and local governments were among the participants.

Mirna Cieniewicz gave an overview of the various environmental impacts of boating and the actions taken to mitigate them.

Other speakers explained the actions taken in the commercial port of Savona (Italy) for sustainable energy, waste and water management; the marina experience in the Balearic Islands; and the work carried out by the Marine Protected Area of Portofino, near Genoa, to sustainably manage boating activities in this beautiful and popular area.

In the afternoon session reserved for Sardinian companies, Mirna Cieniewicz explained the changes brought by the new EU Recreational Craft Directive, the actions relevant in the European Strategy for coastal and maritime tourism and the contributions made by European Boating Industry.

New "intelligent" solutions, such as developing systems that automatically inform boaters when they enter in marine protected areas and prevent discharges, were also presented at the meeting.

The presentations are available here:

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