SGS Leads Balearic Islands Beach Certifications
In the image (left –right): Alvaro Castarnado (Marsave) , Carolina Vicens (ConsultAU), Neus Lliteres (Govern Balear), Silvia Sánchez (Grupo Daphnia), Celina Álvarez (Sostenible XXI), Daniel Ferrer (SGS) and Agustí Ibáñez, SGS in Balearic Islands’ Manager
Last February 19th took place at FELIB’s (Federación de Entidades Locales de las Islas Baleares) premises the seminar “Good Practices and Benchmarking in the Management of Balearic Islands Coastline”.
The seminar was destined to Coastal Municipalities Majors, Coastal Zones Representatives and Environmental Technicians, Local Beach Management companies and Beach Services Licensed Companies, and gathered about 80 visitors coming from the Mainland to Ibiza and Menorca for the event.
The seminar was inaugurated by FELIB’s General Secretary, Miquel Santandreu, Govern Balear’s Territory General Manager, Joan Mesquida, and SGS in the Balearic Islands Manager, Agustí Ibáñez. All of them highlighted that both Public bodies and private organizations must work together to preserve the coastline.
After that, in the first group of conferences, took part Cristina Alonso from Instituto de Ciencias del Mar, who analyzed how jellyfish plagues affect our coasts as well as the evolution of Cubomed Project, and ConsultAU – Accesibilidad Universal’s Carolina Vicens, who explained the future opportunities Accesible Tourism means for our coastline.
The next part of the seminar started with Ajuntament de Muro’s UPAM (Unidad de Policía Acuática de Muro) Manager, Miquel Carrió, and the Environmental Technician Jaume Ramón, who explained their transformation into the first European Council to achieve an EMAS certification for their beach management and how they have extended their Management System to UPAM, also the only aquatic police unit certificated in Europe under this standard.
After that, Ajuntament d´ Alcudia’s Dr. Aina Palmer took the stage and presented the conclusions of a satisfaction survey implemented to the municipality’s beach users during the last season.
The following presentation, given by Ibiza’s Sant Antoni de Portmany’s Major, Pepita Gutierrez, and Environmental Technician Diego Ponce, highlighted the evolution of the sustainability actions implemented in the municipality and showed an example of posidonia management in the beach areas.
The conference given by Ajuntament de Calvià’s Esperanza Català and Juan Llorca, which closed the second part of the seminar, focused on how Ajuntament de Calvià has achieved a full and innovative integration of Self-protection Plans within their Quality Management Systems, consequently improving their System’s efficiency.
The seminar conclude with a debate moderated by SGS in the Balearic Islands Manager, Agustí Ibáñez, where the rest of the speakers took part, too, and concluding that it is still necessary to improve the communication channels between all parts involved in beach management and that coastal Management Systems are efficient and powerful tools that help to improve this coordination.
For more information, please contact:
Cipriano Ferreiro Rachón
Balearic Islands Region
Can Calafat, 63 Local 61 2ª Planta
Edificio Naves Blancas
07199 Poligono Industrial Son Oms
Palma de Mallorca
t: +34 971 78 31 41
m: +34 682 053 527
f: +34 971 78 31 56
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