Rate This Topic

Average: 0/5

Blue Community Program Coastal Sustainability Best Practices

  • Coastal Habitat Protection Featured Blog Post Coastal Habitat Protection Coastal Habitat Protection

    As the largest segment of the travel industry, coastal and marine tourism will soon see upwards of one billion people visiting these areas on a yearly basis, making coastal... More »

  • Coastal Habitat Protection - Mangroves Featured Blog Post Coastal Habitat Protection - Mangroves Coastal Habitat Protection - Mangroves

    Belize is my home and it lies on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. It’s the most beautiful place on Earth (I know everybody thinks their country is the prettiest but Belize... More »

Recently Updated
Hope Spots: A Global Network of Marine Sanctuaries Last Updated on 2017-04-10 21:57:21 With every breath we take and every glass of water we drink, we are inextricably connected to the ocean. Yet, humans continue to perceive the ocean as this vast and mysterious entity far removed from the inner workings of our daily lives. Humans continue to dismiss the ocean’s cries for help as it’s beset by overfishing, pollution, and ocean acidification. Consequently, this detachment from our life support system will only lead to our own demise. Therefore, while what the oceans need is protection, what humans need is hope.   It was at the confluence of hope and protection where an idea was formed. While 12% of the land around the world had been reserved as protected parks, wilderness areas, and wildlife refuges, less than 1% of the world’s oceans had been awarded this same protection (“Imagines”, 2009). In order to address this discrepancy, the... More »
Coastal Habitat Protection Last Updated on 2017-04-08 21:04:55                                                                  Coastal Habitat Protection The negative impacts of floods and sea level rise in the coastal area are expected to increase significantly in the middle of the century, showing an emergence that residents’ life and property safety is in great danger. The natural coastal habitat can protect humans from the influence of the rising sea level and storms. However, due to centuries of overexploitation, habitat transformation, and pollution, our coastal habitat have been degrading and destroying greatly, which is also undermining biodiversity and coastal ecological resilience. Statistics show that human activities have depleted 99% of previously important species,... More »
Clean Marina: Toledo Beach Marina Last Updated on 2017-04-06 00:58:35 Created in 2005, the Michigan Clean Marina Program has brought together over 50 marinas state wide to help reduce and eliminate the release of harmful substances and phase out environmentally damaging practices. This voluntary program is backed by the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and works in cooperation with the Michigan Boating Industry Association, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan Sea Grant College Program at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. In order to become a Michigan Clean Marina, participants must complete a 10-step process. This process includes training, a self-evaluation checklist and also a site visit. The benefits of becoming a clean marine include:  Reducing insurance and waste disposal costs Reducing legal liabilities through stricker regulation of equipment and... More »
Michigan Clean Marina Program Last Updated on 2017-04-05 20:22:58   “We enjoy being here because it’s clean, and neat…we all have to do our part to keep Michigan waters beautiful.” —Dave Williams, Walstrom Marine patron       This is the reason that Michigan Clean Marina Program gave to people on why clean marinas are so important. With the development of nationally and internationally economy, Marina’s construction, operation, development, could beneficially bring the positive effects on economy and society, but also could impact the local environment and ecosystem. It’s like a double-edged sword, local government should find a best-balanced way to protect the environment while they are developing, in order to keep the local sustainability.     The clean marina program’s management team mentioned, If the marinas are not clean and well-managed, it could destroy the... More »
Clean Marina in Oyster Cove Australia Last Updated on 2017-04-05 18:21:45   Oyster Cove in southern Tasmania is the first local area to receive international Clean Marina Level 3 Accreditation certification. First, let us know some of the history of Tasmania, in 1847, 47 imprisoned fifteen years of Tasmanian indigenous came here and settled. In 1874, it has been flooded, the local indigenous and the government has also carried out long-term war for land. In 1995, 10 hectares of Oyster Cove finally returned to the hands of indigenous people and were designated as indigenous protected areas four years later. Today, it is a famous cruise terminal in Australia. It looks so peaceful that people cannot believe what happened here earlier. Clean Marina certification is an international, voluntary certification program for yacht marinas, yacht clubs, vessel clubs, berths, docks and other related industry operators. The purpose of this project is to help the... More »