Port Vauban in Antibes has been awarded the Blue Flag label every year since 2004.
The Blue Flag was created by Teragir in 1985 and each year enhances the status of municipalities and marinas that pursue an ongoing policy of sustainable tourist development.
Now present in 45 countries on every continent, the Blue Flag has become a benchmark in tourism, the environment and sustainable development.
It also helps increase general awareness of behaviour which is more respectful of nature and its diversity.
As for marinas with the Blue Flag label, they are places where the protection of the environment and the marine environment is a priority. Pleasure boaters have access to careening areas with no discharge into the natural environment, retrieval systems for waste water from boats and special waste recovery areas. Just like the municipalities, Blue Flag marinas offer environmental activities to raise the awareness of pleasure boaters and visitors regarding the fragility of the environment.
The Blue Flag criteria are grouped into 4 major families:
- Environmental education
- Waste management
- Environmental management
- Site management
- A Blue Flag port undertakes to set up 3 environmental education activities, including at least 2 during the season
- The Blue Flag takes into account the separate collection of at least 3 types of household waste and 3 types of special waste at the port
- All Blue Flag ports must have a pump for retrieving waste water from boats (greywater/blackwater) and implement a policy for the retrieval and processing of waste water from technical areas before discharge into the environment (careening areas).
- A Blue Flag port must have a satisfactory level of facilities as well as safety and rescue equipment suitable for the size of the port.