HALIFAX, July 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The Halifax waterfront is the first place
in Nova Scotia and first coastal marina in Atlantic Canada to receive
the international Blue Flag designation.
Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Leonard Preyra, Colin
MacLean, President & CEO of Waterfront Development and Malcolm Powell,
Executive Board Member for the International Blue Flag
program officially raised the blue flag today near Bishop's Landing.
Blue Flag is an eco-label awarded to over 3850 beaches and marinas in 46
countries. Celebrating 25 years, it is an international eco-label
awarded to beaches and marinas that meet high
environmental standards. It is programmed by the Foundation for
Environmental Education. Environmental Defence is the national operator
of Blue Flag in Canada.
"This recognition as the first Blue Flag recipient in Nova Scotia
showcases our province's commitment to sustainability for those who
live here and those who come from around the world," said Preyra on
behalf of Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Percy
"We're pleased to fly the Blue Flag as a designated Blue Flag marina.
We're committed to creating some of the world's greatest waterfronts,"
said MacLean. "The Halifax waterfront is the most visited destination
in Nova Scotia and an internationally renowned Tall Ships host. This
allows us to create exciting experiences at the water's edge, educating
visitors and locals about the sea and our part in keeping it clean and
The current Tall Ships Nova Scotia event is part of the Tall Ships
Challenge Atlantic - a partner of the Blue Flag program. One ship that
is part of the current Tall Ships race, USS Providence, is certified blue flag. The Blue Flag Oath will be shared with other
ships while in port for those who may wish to sign up.
Waterfront Development was required to meet 24 criteria which cover
everything from water quality, environmental education and sustainable
management to the safety provisions and services marina users can
expect to find when they visit. Enhanced marina services also include
free daily berthing.
"It is an honour to award the Halifax waterfront with the international
Blue Flag. This waterfront joins 646 marinas worldwide receiving the
Blue Flag this year for meeting high environmental standards," said
Powell. "We are also celebrating the 25th anniversary of the international Blue Flag program this year, and are
delighted to raise the first Blue Flag in Nova Scotia here today."
"By raising the Blue Flag in Halifax today, we are celebrating the
expansion of the program, now coast-to-coast in Canada," said Sarah
Winterton, Managing Director, Environmental Defence. "This shows that
Halifax waterfront is upholding marina management and operations to
some of the highest standards in the world. We commend their
commitment to environmental sustainability."
"We applaud the Halifax Waterfront for their eco-leadership that will
benefit the people who visit the area, and the people and species who
depend on a healthy, thriving marina," said Gina Patterson, Director of
Programs, Clean Nova Scotia. "Clean Nova Scotia is supporting and
promoting the Blue Flag project in this region, and we hope this is
just the first of many flags raised at the over 100 beaches we are so
proud of here in this province."
An important feature of the program over many other eco-designations for
beaches and marinas is the emphasis on striking partnerships between
stakeholders and providing quality educational opportunities for
visitors and residents. Waterfront Development will work with local
boating clubs and marine partners to create awareness and opportunities
to support the program.
Other Waterfront Development lead green initiatives include:
Tall Ships Nova Scotia will be bullfrogpowered® with 100% green
electricity. This means Bullfrog Power's generators inject clean,
renewable electricity onto the grid to match the amount of power being
used during the festival through wind and hydro facilities.
Incorporating sustainable development into practices and activities
including driving development projects towards shared sustainability
goals with developers, communities and future tenants.
The successful Public Spaces Recycling Program is continuing to expand,
with plans to roll out four-stream recycling depots (Big Bellies) with
solar-powered trash compactors to Bedford, Dartmouth, and Lunenburg,
reducing volume and trips to collect trash, and educating the public on
appropriate disposal of waste.
Alternate transportation options like the partnership with CarShare
Halifax which reduces the number of vehicles on the road.
About Waterfront Development:
Waterfront Development is a provincial crown corporation developing the
strategic potential of waterfronts in Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and
Lunenburg. The corporation fosters the creation of waterfronts that
drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism, provide experiences and
reflect and protects marine heritage. www.my-waterfront.ca
About Blue Flag:
Blue Flag is a non-governmental, non-profit, independent program. It is
recognized and supported by international organizations including the
United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Blue Flag is
presently the largest global eco-label for beaches and marinas and has
a national administration centre in each participating country.
About Environmental Defence:
Environmental Defence is the Canadian Operator of the Blue Flag Program.
Environmental Defence is Canada's most effective environmental action
organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business
and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all. www.environmentaldefence.ca
About The Foundation for Environmental Education:
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is a not-for-profit,
non-governmental organization consisting of member organizations
representing 63 countries worldwide. FEE actively promotes and delivers
education about the environment and sustainable development through
international programs such as the Blue Flag Program. www.fee-international.org
SOURCE Environmental Defence
For further information:
Kelly Rose, Communications Advisor, Waterfront Development, 902-422-5115 x 111, 902-222-6296 (cell), email@example.com
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