Green Coast is WESSA’s newest eco-label, awarded to coastal sites in South Africa where a sensitive species, habitat or cultural heritage site is being sustainably managed, leading to increased tourism along our coastline. The Green Coast label complements the international Blue Flag award, which assures a world-class experience at urban swimming beaches, boats and marinas.
Tourism Green Coast is an exciting new partnership between WESSA and the National Department of Tourism and our first project under the Green Coast banner. This innovative project, funded through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), offers tangible benefits to the tourism industry while supporting the sound management of coastal tourism and the development of South Africa’s youth.
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At the same time, WESSA members are being invited to help select suitable Green Coast locations and to work with us and the relevant municipalities on this “adopt-a-beach” programme. Suitable sites include unspoilt beaches and non-urban, wild spaces with minimal infrastructure. To achieve Green Coast status, locations will have to comply with a set of site-specific requirements and inspection criteria. Local municipalities will be responsible for upholding the criteria, assisted by WESSA members who will provide specific support with the collection and monitoring of baseline ecological info.