Charter of Commitment BLUEISLANDS

The BLUEISLANDS project, in cooperation with the URBAN-WASTE project presents at its mid-term conference, the “Charter of commitments for sustainable material resources management and circular economy”.

The Charter represents a declaration of intent to adapt the tourism sector to the environmental capacity of the areas of interest, developing strategies to reduce and manage tourism-generated waste. It gives voice to a shared vision of sustainable and environmental-friendly tourism.

This Charter aims to create a long term and steady international cooperation in touristic areas, engaging islands, cities and regions to join the network. The document has to be seen as a further effort of partners to raise awareness and strengthen international cooperation within key public actors.

The Charter is available for local and regional authorities and international stakeholders, including cities, islands and regions to be signed. By signing the Charter, public authorities express their intentions to reduce waste generated by tourists and the tourism service providers and improve waste management.

The Charter was launched on 11 April 2018, during the international conference "Towards a circular economy and sustainable tourism on islands". At the end of the conference Members of the European Parliament, the BLUEISLANDS consortium added their signatures to the document. The Charter now contains the original signatures from: the SEARICA's Chair Gesine Meissner, the SEARICA's Vice-chairs Michela Giuffrida and Tonino Picula, the SEARICA's members Cláudia Monteiro De Aguiar and Davor Škrlec; for the local and regional authorities the Department of Environment of Cyprus (DOE), the Catalan Waste Agency (ARC), the Region of Crete, the Consell de Mallorca, Mykonos and Rhodes, Wasteserv Malta, and the municipalities of Nice, Lisbon, Nicosia, Ponta Delgada and Puerto de la Cruz.

On 10 May 2019, during the URBAN-WASTE final conference in Brussels, 8 new signatories joined the club of cities and regions committed to a sustainable resource management and circular economy transition. The Charter was signed by Ms Tiziana Merlino of AMIU Genova, Italy, Mr Waclaw Skubida of the Municipality of Krakow, Poland, Ms Nanette Mapertuis of the Tourism Agency of the Collectivity of Corsica, France and Ms Mercedes Van Volcem of the city of Brugge, Belgium. Furthermore, the entire island of Sardinia was present at the ceremony as more than 15 Sardinian municipalities delegated their signatures to the representatives of the four Fisheries Local Action Groups representing the entire territory of Sardinia – Ms. Nicolette Piras, Ms Marta Cadinu, Mr Davide Cao and Mr Alessandro Murana.

Contact us to join the Charter!
Local and regional authorities are more than welcome to join the campaign and express their interest in improving their waste management performances in touristic areas.
The Charter is not binding in any way and it rather gives local and regional authorities a visibility and put them ahead of others in term of making local tourism more sustainable and environmentally-friendly.