The greatest satisfaction of the Sailing Club of Oropesa is to have been awarded with the Blue Flag. The Blue Flag is an award for environmental quality, which is awarded to marinas that make a special effort in relation to good local environmental management and nature, and which provides users with information on environmental issues. To obtain the Blue Flag, the marina has to meet a series of requirements, which refer to education and environmental information, environmental management, services and safety and water quality.
In addition, the Sailing Club of Oropesa is the only marina in the province of Castellón with blue flag as a symbol of high environmental quality and good services and safety for users. Likewise the Oropesa Sports Port has also recognized the ISO 14001 Quality Standard of Environmental Quality.
Information concerning fee and the “Blue Flag” Campaign “
The foundation for environmental education (FEE) is a non-governmental organization formed by entities from more than 46 countries incorporating Europe, Africa, Oceania, Asia and America. They manage the campaign “Blue Flag” at an international level.
The “Blue Flag” campaign in Spain is coordinated and is a prestigious symbol that requires the attainment of highly demanding sanitary and environmental levels including rescue service, lifesaving and first aid, on the beach and in the port with blue flag status.
The blue flag award is based on the acquisition of a series of specific guidelines regarding beaches and ports under consideration. These can be gathered into four basic groups:
a) Quality of bathing water
b) Environmental information and education
c) Environmental management
d) Security and services
The blue flag is given annually in order to guarantee the constant adherence to the rules.
What can be expected of a port with a blue flag?
A blue flag is an award and an environmental quality certification created and managed by the FEE (foundation for the environmental education) from 1987.
The FEE is formed by 24 non-governmental organizations, one for each participating country.
ADEAC is the responsible member for Spain in the FEE.
The aim of the FEE is to assist worldwide in environmental information and education through programs as Blue flag, eco-school, young environment reporters or any other actions which can encourage sustainable development of tourism, also through local communities, aligned with the 21 local agendas from the Conference of Rio.
As a user of the port you can help the blue flag campaign.
Follow the instructions of the enclosed pictograms, of the port staff and the beach staff.
Please, help sustainable development at a local level, conduct yourself in a responsible way and save water, fuel and electricity.
Please help us with your reviews and suggestions to maintain the desirable level of environmental quality. Address ADEAC, through mail, fax or e-mail giving the name of the locality and the beach or port, date, time, problem or improvement suggestion and a contact address to reply to.
What can you expect from a “Blue Flag” beach?
- Information on the objectives and criteria for granting the Blue Flag
When the required quality is not reached the City Council must lower the Blue Flag and communicate it to ADEAC.
Information, where they exist, on the natural areas bordering on or near the beach.
Our commitment to the environment.
Develop a series of strategies that define lines of action that allow us to correctly manage our activities and services according to the requirements of ISO 14001: 2004.
Set up initiatives to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations, as well as the requirements of partners and customers or other environmental requirements applicable to the activities that take place in the club. To this end, it will encourage the participation of all staff and users in the protection and improvement of the coast in which we are, through training and awareness raising mechanisms, focusing on communication at all levels.
Set up the technical and economic means necessary to curb/slow down pollution and prevent it from its origin sources, as well as avoid and remove , as far as possible, any impact that may be caused to the environment as a result of its activities.
Ensure a follow-up work of all activities and services provided, establishing mechanisms for continuous improvement, ensuring with them the evolution both in the environmental quality of environment of the OROPESA C.N and in the services provided.
Define and periodically evaluate environmental objectives in order to promote continuous improvement in our activities and services.These commitments must be disseminated, from the Board of Directors, to all staff, partners and clients of CLUB NÁUTICO DE OROPESA so that, once understood, they are applied and kept up to date by all.
Some facts about Blue Flag:
The Blue Flag is a honor awarded by the Environmental Education Foundation (FEE), an environmental non-governmental organization, represented by national organizations in around 40 countries of 4 continents.
- The Blue Flag is an award for environmental quality that is given to beaches and marinas.
- The Blue Flag covers mainly four areas:
1) Environmental information and education
2) Environmental management
3) Security and services
4) Water quality
- The Blue Flag is a honor that is awarded for a single season and the award is valid only as long as the requirements are fulfilled. When this is not the case, the authorities responsible for the port must lower the Blue Flag.
- Each national organization of the FEE inspects the places with Blue Flag during the season.
- You can also help the Campaign by taking part in environmental protection
- Follow the instructions of the environmental code of ethics on the marina and its surroundings
- Use organic products for paints, detergents, etc.
- Report pollution or other violations of environmental regulations to the authorities.
- Save water, electricity and fuel.