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Do you know what kind of water you are letting yourself into?

The joy of the ocean! Bathing, sailing, surfing, diving - and contamination?
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European Parliament intends to reduce marine waste pollution by 50%

Early June, the European Parliament published a report dealing with circular economy and containing vital propositions to fight against marine waste. It suggests a constraining goal aiming at a 50% reduction of marine waste by 2030 along with specific measures that limitate disposable packaging. This is a strong signal for Surfrider and the NGOs working alongside the European Union to make things progress and find solutions.
Early June, the European Parliament published a report dealing about circular economy including essential propositions to fight against marine waste, with a constraining goal aiming at a 50% reduction of marine waste by 2030.
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This summer, take the plunge with us!

On the occasion of 40 years of control of the quality of bathing waters in Europe, we have decided to engage our community on water quality issues. How? Inviting you to jump in water throughout the whole month of July.
On the occasion of 40 years of control of the quality of bathing waters in Europe, we have decided to engage our community on water quality issues. How? Inviting you to jump in water throughout the whole month of July.
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The Paris agreement on climate adopted by the French assembly

After the historic signature of the Paris Agreement by 175 countries in New York, the next significant challenge is the integration of this Agreement in the national policies of the countries who signed it. This is almost already done for France, since on Tuesday 17th May 2016, the French National Assembly adopted the bill submitted by the Environment and Ecology Minister.
On Tuesday 17th May 2016, the French National Assembly adopted the bill submitted by the Environment and Ecology Minister for the integration of the Paris Agreement in the national policies.
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IPCC announce a report on ocean and climate change

On the occasion of the plenary assembly of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) hold at Nairobi in Kenya from April 11 to 13, the group of experts announced that their 6th report will include an important part dealing with the link between climate change and the ocean. This study was one of our main demands during COP21. Therefore this announcement is of great importance to us.
On the occasion of the plenary assembly of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the group of experts announced that their 6th report will include an important part dealing with the link between climate change and the ocean.
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A wave of blue growth

Since the end of COP21 and the integration of the climate objectives concerning the ocean in the Paris Agreement, there seems to be a real awareness of ocean protection. Various indicators in the recent months have proved this, among them the mentioning of “blue growth” in the first plan of environmental negotiations. A return to the meaning of this new concept and about what it practically adds to the facts.
Return to the meaning of a new concept named "Blue Growth".
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The end of plastic bag in France is now!

After many years of waiting and many changes of mind, the prohibition of single use plastic bags finally comes into effect in France the 1st of July 2016. This great victory is the result of a long fight that has been led for several years in order to make this interdiction a reality via the campaign « Ban the bag ».
After several years of waiting and changes, the ban of single-use plastic bags comes officially into effect from 1st July 2016. This is an important victory, which rewards a battle since several years, in order for this ban to become reality via the campaign « Ban the bag ».
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Such great news! Now we just need the rest of the world to follow...
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A world without plastic is possible!

Three days after the entry into force of the prohibition order of plastic bags in France, we are celebrating on this 3rd of July, the international day without plastic. As you may know, plastic bags and certain types of plastic containers are an enormous issue for the good health of our Ocean. So we would like to take advantage of this beautiful 3rd of July to mention some good examples of how to ban for good these types of plastic from our daily lives.
Three days after the entry into force of the prohibition order of plastic bags in France, we celebrate today, the 3rd July, the international day without plastic bags. Let's get back to some best practices for a life without plastic.
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Climate Change: a threat to coral reefs

Climate change has numerous impacts on the ocean and it is threatening marine biodiversity, among others that of coral reefs. As The Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (ARCCSS), an organization funded by the Australian government, has published particularly alarming news concerning corals’ health in the Great Barrier Reef, the organization Tara expeditions started a new expedition to the Asian Pacific region in order to do research on the impacts of climate change on corals. The scientists’ schooner left the harbor of Lorient on May 28 last week for an expedition of two years.
Tara expeditions started a new expedition to the Asian Pacific region in order to do research on the impacts of climate change on corals
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Interview with Peter Harper, a committed artist to the Ocean

On the occasion of his music tour in France, we met the musician-songwriter Peter Harper. We asked him some questions about his involvement with Surfrider and about his way of leading an ecological way of life. Since a few years yet the three Harper brothers (Ben, Joel and Peter) support and promote Surfrider actions.
On the occasion of his music tour in France, we met the musician-songwriter Peter Harper.
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International Maritime Organisation: new measures to fight climate change

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) last week adopted a mandatory measure on international shipping vessels to monitor and record greenhouse gas emissions. While shipping was not included in the Paris Agreement despite our demands and those of other institutions, the IMO has off its own back marked a turning point in the international management of greenhouse gases with the adoption of this new system.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) last week adopted a mandatory measure on international shipping vessels to monitor and record greenhouse gas emissions.
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175 states sign the Paris agreement

On the occasion of the International Mother Earth Day celebrated on 22nd April, 175 representatives of worldwide countries met in the United Nations head office in New-York to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This is the first time an international agreement is signed by so many countries in only one day.
175 representatives of worldwide countries met in the United Nations head office in New-York to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
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non profit organization, dedicated to defending, saving, improving and managing in a sustainable manner the ocean, coastline, waves and the people who enjoy them
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Our mission : Protection and sustainable management of the coastline

 

Surfrider Foundation Europe is a non profit organization, dedicated to defending, saving, improving and managing in a sustainable manner the ocean, coastline, waves and the people who enjoy them.

From its creation, efforts have been concentrated on coastal issues, but today our scope of interest and involvement is spreading to related areas of lakes and rivers.

Originally, surfers…

Created in 1990 in Europe (Biarritz, France) by surfers, including 3-time World Surfing Champion Tom Curren, the organization brings together today about 1500 volunteers, 8000 members, about 40 local chapters, and more than 40 000 supporters in Europe.

Surfrider Foundation is a global network of regional organizations and local chapters present in many countries and on every inhabited continent (USA, Europe, Japan, Australia, Latin America,…). It started in 1984 in Malibu, California, where surfers aimed to protect their favourite surf spots from local pollution.

Today, an Ocean community in a broad sense

Surfrider Foundation Europe brings together people from all walks of life, with a common passion for the ocean and dedication to caring for the coastline.

No matter how you enjoy the coastline (sporting, bathing or walking), if you feel the need to act in order to save your coastline's natural heritage, then you can start by joining the Surfrider Foundation.

Its distinguished members include several sports and other well-known personalities.