What is the Sustainable Sailing Greece initiative?
Our Founder Christina was born and brought up in Greece, enjoying long summer holidays with her family on the coast, forming a life long passion and attachment to the sea. Following a long career in sustainability that took her across all the world's continents, and noting the increasing impacts being felt in coastal areas back home in Greece as a result of the growth of the sailing sector, she started to talk with NGOs, charter companies, visitors, residents, and experts. The result of this was the creation of the Sustainable Sailing Alliance!
The Alliance aims to bring together everyone across the sailing community in Greece, in order to provide resources and information for sailors and companies to help them take positive action for protecting the beautiful and unique coastline and sea of Greece. It can also provide a forum to discuss and identify common challenges facing the marine and coastal areas the sector depends on, and find solutions to tackle some of these.
The Alliance is starting small this summer with a Sustainable Sailing Guide booklet that is being donated free to interested companies to put on board their fleet for their clients, thanks to a start-up grant from the Ionian Environment Foundation. The Guide has taken over a year to develop, involved extensive consultation with dozens of sailors who charter boats in Greece, and references existing resources from international sailing organisations, as well as Greek NGOs like the Ionian Dolphin Project. It aims to help fill the identified gap of getting information to the thousands of clients chartering boats each year in the Ionian.
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