Scheveningen meeting point for sustainability

The Hague celebrates its clean beaches and efforts to preserve the environment during the 30th anniversary of the highly-coveted Blue Flag eco-label on May 18th. Over 60 beaches and more than 120 harbours in the Netherlands were awarded with the exclusive Blue Flag certificate for demonstrating excellent care of water, nature and environment.

The event took place on The Hague’s beautiful Scheveningen beach and brought together city representatives and entrepreneurs who contribute to the sustainability of the city’s marine areas. 

Sustainability is one of the main requirements in the business event industry. The Hague is a great example of a destination that supports an environmental friendly approach in meetings and conferences. The Blue Flag Ceremony celebrates the goals of The Hague Convention Bureau regarding sustainability.

The UN has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This resolution comes with Sustainable Development Goals which have been set for 2030.  The Blue Flag Ceremony made a significant contribution to an important objective of the new agenda - the sustainable conservation and use of marine resources for sustainable development.

The Hague’s alderman, Boudewijn Revis, and the chairman of Blue Flag jury, Patrick Poelmann, opened the Blue Flag season 2017 together with the pupils from The Hague Vrije School. 

“It is very important to us that municipalities, entrepreneurs and recreational institutions join forces to keep the Dutch 500 km coastline clean and safe” as Mr Revis proudly announced. The alderman is especially pleased that Scheveningen and Kijkduin beachside resorts received the Blue Flag certificate once again.

Speakers at the event shared their stories and emphasised the importance of clean oceans. “We live because of oceans” said Florian Dirkse, the co-founder of The Ocean Cleanup, an initiative to clean oceans from plastic. 

Merijn Tinga, also known as the Plastic Soup Surfer, claimed “I am not complaining about the plastic, I am just complaining about how people handle plastic”. Tinga encourages every person to become more environmentally aware and contribute to a more sustainable world. 

Ralph Groenheijde is the organiser of the TrashUre Hunt, a game in which children go on a treasure hunt for litter. By exposing children to environmental problems, the project raises awareness amongst children from a young age.

The Hague is very proud to yet again celebrate the achievements of its beaches and harbours towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly world. The Blue Flag Ceremony compliments The Hague’s sustainable mindset and showcases its impressive accomplishments and ambitious goals. 

The city strives to become emission free by 2040 and encourages companies to improve their ecological footprint. This has led to the excellent standard of hotels in The Hague. Many of them hold the Green Key award for exceptional environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry. The collaboration of environmental leaders, municipalities and recreational institutions are responsible for the city’s sustainable mentality.

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