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Santo Amaro Dock renews “Blue Flag” award

The Santo Amaro Dock, managed by the Port of Lisbon Administration (APL), renews, for the eighth year, the Blue Flag Program award.

Sustainability has become a buzzword over the last few years, with an increasing number of individuals and organizations recognizing the importance of protecting our planet.

The Santo Amaro Recreational Dock, located in Lisbon, is one of the organizations that has made sustainability a top priority.

The marina recently received a renewed award from the Blue Flag Programme, an international eco-label that recognizes organizations for “excellent quality and added value to their users, while ensuring their satisfaction and environmental preservation”.

This is not the first time the marina has been recognized by the program, having first received the award in 2015. The award is a testament to the marina’s ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental impact and promote sustainable practices.

Presentation of Santo Amaro Dock and the Blue Flag Program

The Santo Amaro Recreational Dock is a popular destination for tourists visiting the city by boat.

This dock has the capacity to accommodate a maximum of 178 boats, with spaces that allow vessels of 20 meters in length. In addition, it offers a privileged location, with access to many of Lisbon’s main tourist attractions, such as the Cordoaria Nacional, MAAT or the Lx Factory.

Santo Amaro Docks has several services such as: floating walkways, reception desk, water and electricity on the walkways, watering on the quay, garbage and oil disposal, security systems, communication systems, changing rooms and weather forecast.

Blue Flag Programme is an international eco-label that recognizes beaches, marinas, recreational and ecotourism boats that fulfill strict sustainability criteria. The programme is operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-profit organization.

This program was established in 1987 and now operates in more than 40 countries around the world. The aim of the program is to encourage continuous improvement of environmental practices at participating beaches, marinas and boats.

Os barcos na Doca de Santo Amaro

Benefits of sustainable tourism for business and the environment

Sustainable tourism can bring significant benefits to both business and the environment. Some benefits include:

Reducing environmental impact: Sustainable tourism can help reduce the environmental impact of tourism by promoting sustainable waste management, water conservation and renewable energy practices.

Improved company image: Companies that adopt sustainable practices can improve their image and reputation among consumers and the community.

Increasing awareness: Sustainable tourism can help raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage people to adopt sustainable practices in their own lives.

Vista do restaurante "Descarado" na Doca de Santo Amaro

What does this award mean?

The renewed award from the Blue Flag Program is an indication of Santo Amaro Dock’s continued dedication to sustainability. In this sense, this recognition is awarded to marinas that meet strict sustainability criteria, including waste management, water conservation and renewable energy. It is therefore a testament to the marina’s commitment to sustainability and an incentive for other businesses to follow the example.

Programa Bandeira Azul

Sustainable tourism is the future

Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Portuguese economy in recent decades. This, in turn, brings new social, economic and environmental challenges for local communities.

Sustainable tourism is a growing trend worldwide, with a notable number of organizations and consumers recognizing the importance of protecting our planet.

Santo Amaro Dock is an example of how organizations can lead on sustainability issues by adopting sustainable practices and promoting awareness on environmental issues. With this mindset, a greener and more sustainable future is created for all.

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