Surfrider Foundation Europe has been acting for over 25 years for the protection of oceans, the coastline and their enjoyment. Its action is built around 5 strong campaigns:
Every second 206 kg of plastic waste end up in the world’s oceans. All of it comes from human activities. Yet marine litter is a hazardous threat not only for the marine environment but generally for ecosystems as a whole. This is why Surfrider Foundation Europe is committed at local, national and European level to fight such scourge.
As the bathing water quality is increasingly under threat, Surfrider Foundation Europe is implementing appropriate action programmes for those who enjoy the coastline and watersports enthusiasts. They can therefore get better informed and not left behind in such matters. For this purpose the organisation is basing its strategy on two key aspects: yearly bathing water quality surveillance and actions for legislation change.
Maritime transport is currently the most ecological means of transport. However the extent of the damage caused by discharges, oil spills or chemical pollutions resulting from an accident shows that it is far from being harmless. Surfrider’s “Maritime Transport & Infrastructures” programme aims at highlighting legislative shortcomings or discrepancies.
The European coastal environment is victim of its own success. Demographic changes, tourism and leisure development or simply the growing number of residential sectors have largely contributed to excessive artificial coastal changes which are now threatening the coastline. Because coastal ecosystems are now at risk, Surfrider Foundation Europe has developed the “Artificial Coastal Development” programme.
The ocean is the second lung of the Earth. It absorbs 50% of the carbon dioxide released and plays a key role in climate regulation. Unfortunately its regulatory purpose is affected by the greenhouse effect. European Union State members alone are accountable for 10% of the world’s greenhouse gases emissions. With this observation in mind Surfrider raises awareness and educates citizens so that we can individually reduce our carbon footprint.