Plastic Ocean Summit: The first world conference on the sustainable development of marine tourism is being held in Croatia

How to reduce plastic waste in the sea and ensure the growth of tourism?

Author  HrTurizam.hr

10. May 2024.

Ocean Alliance Conservation Member (OACM) is launching a world summit that will be held in Croatia on October 17 and 18, 2024. It is the first world conference aimed at solving the immediate threat of climate change and plastic pollution in the world's seas, rivers and lakes.

It is a system that can physically reduce plastic waste in the sea and ensure economic growth in tourism, which is to be achieved using long-term financially sustainable tools integrated into the corporate and government sectors.

The conference will not only deal with the global problem of ocean plastic pollution, but will also strongly focus on providing concrete measures and sustainable solutions that can be implemented and integrated by governments in collaboration with the corporate sector to become more effective in addressing this threat.

OACM has placed a strong focus on the ever-growing global tourism industry and will present unique solutions on how countries can increase their economic growth and development through environmental protection and how the tourism sector can contribute to reducing the global plastic footprint and support the removal of 70 percent of the plastic currently lying in the sea the bottom.

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By introducing White Flag Certified Safe Marine Areas (CSMA) - plastic-free beaches, ports, harbors and wild marine areas - OACM will take one of the most important steps in the global tourism industry made in the last three decades regarding environmental protection that will define future development and positioning in socially responsible business.

Long-term sustainable development

The conference will be held under the title EU ETIS & Corporate Green Practices. With it, OACM intends to globally integrate its Sustainable Ocean Solution Conservation Program (SOS CP) on several continents, which represents a unique system that can physically reduce the plastic footprint in the sea, undersea and coastal zone.

Current economic effects of climate change they are part of the economy of every country. Climate change is contributing to extreme weather, causing at least $100 billion in damage annually.

Rising temperatures will result in accelerated economic losses. Surveys by independent economists, who monitor the impact of climate change, reveal estimates of future damages of 2 to 10 percent of global GDP per year or even more.

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Tourism developing countries are particularly exposed to the consequences of the degradation of marine and coastal ocean ecosystems.

Many of these depend on ocean-based industries such as fishing and tourism. SOS CP can create a sustainable ocean economy, provide quality jobs in the environmental sector, improve food security through the Certified Safe Marine Area (CSMA) and strengthen resilience - this is the key to long-term, inclusive and sustainable development.

Plastic-free zones

The implementation of OACM's systems contributes to the protection of the world's seas and reduces the current plastic footprint by using the EOMD Scale System (Extracted Ocean Marine Debris).

This system helps developing countries improve the sustainability of their ocean-based sector, take advantage of new sustainable opportunities from the ocean economy sector, and facilitate access to the science, innovation and financial resources needed to make these opportunities a reality.

Currently, there are no measures or tools between the government and corporate sectors to prevent this pressing problem which poses a great risk to human health and causes an increase in the mortality of marine life, endangering biodiversity and ecological processes. 

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The EU ETIS & Corporate Green Practices conference will be different from other world conferences as more than 50 countries and corporations will integrate SOS CP before the event, ensuring hundreds of kilometers of plastic-free zone - safe for human and marine life. Countries and corporations that are in the integration phase of this financially viable system for the protection of the sea belt will be presented.

Croatia a center of excellence for the first time

OACM has been cooperating with the European Commission since 2017 and expects continued approval of the SOS CP, which can reduce the impact of plastic on all water surfaces, by all EU members.

The approval process has already begun in Slovenia, Croatia, Malta and in regions of South-Eastern Europe such as North Macedonia and Albania, which are at the beginning of the development of the tourism industry. 

This year, in June, OACM's Small Island Development States CSMA program (SIDS) begins.

Thanks to the EU ETIS & Corporate Green Practices conference, the Republic of Croatia is becoming a center of excellence for the first time in today's increasingly important and increasingly necessary segment of environmental protection, sustainable economy and the promotion of social responsibility.

EU ETIS & Corporate Green Practices is not just one of the cosmetic measures, but brings concrete solutions.

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Source: Plastic Ocean Summit

Author  HrTurizam.hr

10. May 2024.