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Helping To Keep Our Waters Blue

Helping To Keep Our Waters Blue


Blue Flags and Climate Awareness

As part of Irish Sailing’s commitment to our environment, Gail MacAllister has joined National Jury for the An Taisce Blue Flag program and met with the panel to evaluate the applications for 2020.

The Blue Flag program looks at the sustainable management of beaches, marinas and boating tourism operations. The Blue Flag is operated in Ireland by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

The jury met in January and a total of 88 sites were considered, 80 beaches and 8 marinas. The sites approved by the national jury will now be presented for evaluation to the Blue Flag International Jury and the results will be released in advance of the coming summer season.

“It is an honour to be part of this international scheme and I am excited to bring some new ideas to the Irish Sailing Sustainability Awareness programme.” Gail

Gail has also joined An Taisce as a Climate Ambassador to help share ideas on how we can all make a difference to protect our fragile coastline and waterways that we are all passionate to enjoy.

If you are looking for ways to make a difference yourself or within your club or centre, take a look at Irish Sailing’s “Our Environment” pages. Ideas for events, boats and sailors – including Top Ten Tips to get ready for the season ahead.

Find out more about the Blue Flag and Climate Ambassador programmes here ...

Pictured above Left to Right :

Patricia Oliver, Blue Flag Jury Chair, An Taisce; Ian Diamond, Blue Flag Manager, An Taisce Education Unit; Catherine Buchanan, National Parks Wildlife Service; Prof. Ronnie Russell, Trinity College Dublin; Nicola Gray, Water Policy Unit, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; Eoin McDonnell, Fáilte Ireland; Brigid Flood, bathing Water Unit, Environmental Protection Agency; Ronnie Horan, Water Safety Ireland; Áine Purcell Milton, An Taisce Education Unit; Gail MacAllister, Regional Development Officer, Irish Sailing Association