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Foundation for Environmental Education

Foundation for Environmental
Education (FEE)
Scandiagade 13
2450 Copenhagen SV
T: +45 70 22 24 27
E :info@fee.global
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Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is a non-governmental organisation working towards sustainable development
through its environmental education programmes: Blue Flag, Green Key, Eco-Schools, Young Reporters for the Environment and
Learning about Forests.
FEE is registered as a Charity in England (reg. number 1148274) under the address 74 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DR, England.
Statement on behalf of The Foundation for Environmental
Preparatory Meeting on the UN Ocean Conference
UN Headquarters, New York
February 15 – 16, 2017
First, the Foundation for Environmental Education would like to
commend the Secretariat for the well-prepared background notes and a
thank you to the co-facilitators for the work in preparation for the
Partnership dialogues.
The vision of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is to
engage and empower people through education in collaboration with our
members and partners worldwide. We believe in the power of change and
the most valuable legacy we can leave behind us is a world of educated
and environmentally conscious people equipped with the sustainable
attitude, which is so sorely lacking in today's society.
One of our most important programs related to the SDG 14 and this
preparatory meeting is Blue Flag known as the leading program that
promotes sound environmental education and sustainable management
of beaches, marinas and eco-tourism boats worldwide. Our mission is to
promote and participate in environmental education program for the
users of beaches, marinas and eco-tourism boats in order to reduce the
environmental footprint and commits to partnerships and collaborative
action to promote the sustainable development of tourism. Indirectly,
Blue Flag also campaigns against disparity, inequality, unemployment,
health threats, depletion of natural resources, environmental threats, and
pollution and general environmental degradation.
The Blue Flag program promotes sustainable development in freshwater
and marine areas. It challenges local authorities; beach operators and
sustainable boating tourism operators to achieve high standards in water
quality, environmental management, environmental education and
information, safety and services. Several of its initiatives concern
monitoring of bathing water quality, conservation of biodiversity and
coastal ecosystem, safeguarding swim.
The program prevents and reduces marine pollution, minimizing the
impacts of ocean acidification and promoting the minimum release of
softeners in the aquatic environment. It encompasses to increase wateruse
efficiency through capturing and using rainwater. Through several
criteria set, Blue Flag spreads the voice to save water and keep it clean,
minimizing the environmental footprint and promoting good practices
that raise awareness for cleaning beaches and marinas and for increasing
recycling. Moreover, Blue Flag supports green fishing communities, the
protection of fishery nursery habitat as well as sea turtles and other
endangered species.
FEE is totally committed to the SDG’s and supports the themes proposed
as they address al targets of Goal 14. We are eager to support and seek
ways of collaboration in the efforts the Ocean Conference pursues in
benefit of the health of our oceans and enhance the role of marine
biodiversity. Blue Flag we will keep working hard in preventing and
reducing marine pollution of all kinds as part of our criteria. We will
continue actions towards dune restoration, educating on sensitive and
marine protected areas; and also continue working with United Nation
Environment Protection (UNEP), UN World Tourism Organization
(UNWTO), World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) and the International Union
for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)