The Blue Day in MarinaUp Izola

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Izola, 3 June 2022 — MarinaUp Izola in cooperation with the Kindergarten Mavrica is hosting today the Blue Day with a solemn rise of the 23rd Blue Flag. This year’s Blue Day highlights the importance of separating and reducing waste, especially single-use plastics.

The Blue Flag is an internationally recognised environmental label for the sustainable management of beaches and marinas, which main goal is to raise environmental awareness. The Blue Flag indicates beaches with clean sea, well-preserved environment, good infrastructure and a rich offer. MarinaUp Izola is proud to be joining this year once again the 15 other Blue Flag recipients in Slovenia.

The main purpose of the Blue Day is to encourage children to protect and keep clean the environment. Children from the Kindergarten Mavrica met today in the marina the representatives of Aktiven otrok, which prepared for them an eco-game with the purpose to help them learn about the importance of waste separation and how everyone can contribute to a cleaner environment, as environmental care is becoming an increasingly important topic.

Vladimir Gavran, Director of MarineUp Izola, said: “I am glad that after a few years of break due to Covid, we were able today to host again the children from Kindergarten Mavrica in our marina. I believe that the environmental education of the youngest is very important, as environmental issues are a reality that future generations will have to face much more seriously than we do today. One of the focuses of Marina Izola is also to pursuit the development in cooperation with the local environment. I think this is extremely important, especially since our marina is attached to the old town. The local environment was also considered during the planning of our main infrastructural investments, like the B floating pier and the new multipurpose building, where we opted for sustainable solutions that have a lower impact on the environment. To conclude, I am proud that our marina meets the high standards of the Blue Flag. We will continue to work hard in order to fulfil its criteria also in the future.”

The Blue Flag programme is carried out in more than 35 European countries and worldwide by the Foundation for Environmental Education. In 1987, the first beaches were awarded with the Blue Flag, which means that they fulfilled a number of strict criteria including: bathing water quality, safety, services, environmental education and environmentally friendly management. Beaches and marinas shall apply for the Blue Flag each year, which means that they should be persistent in fulfilling all the requested criteria.