An ethical code of conduct to protect the ocean


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The Charta Smeralda is an ethical code of conduct that serves to share and actuate principles that aim to safeguard the marine environment. It is a document that raises awareness among individuals, stakeholders and communities, of the urgency to resolve problems related to the marine ecosystem, with the aim of defining concrete and immediate solutions.

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The Charta Smeralda is principally directed to sea-lovers, to those who live the sea for sports and for passion and to organizations that promote and sustain activities related to it.

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Individuals

By signing the Charta Smeralda, you commit to protect the ocean by reducing the environmental footprint and by conducting activities that will result in reducing the risk of endangering marine and coastal environment.

  • Coastal and ocean pollution

    You commit to perform all the best practices suggested by us with the aim to reduce to the minimum all sources of pollution. For example, how to avoid fuel leaks while refilling your tanks, or how to dispose of black water on board.

  • Natural resources, reuse and recycle

    You commit to adopt practices that will minimize the use of natural resources and of drinkable water when deemed unnecessary. You will recycle and dispose of garbage accordingly. If recycling garbage disposals  are not available where you transit, you will take the initiative to put to action this best practice.

  • no to disposable plastic

    Microplastic pollution is one of the most dangerous forms found in our sea, as it dangerously infiltrates inside the food chain. For this reason, you commit to eliminate disposable plastic and to substitute it with sustainable alternatives such as reusable bottles, biodegradable dishes or cloth bags.

  • Energy consumption and renewable sources of energy

    You commit to reduce energy consumption both at sea and on land. For example, using alternative renewable sources of energy like the biomass to replenish, where possible, the endothermic motor of your boat or using wind generators, hydro generators or solar panels for the different necessities on board.

  • Preservation of the natural and marine habitat

    You commit to protect and preserve the marine flora and fauna and its natural habitat. For instance, using biodegradable soaps, fishing responsibly, respecting the restrictions that ensure the protection of the environment, avoiding to dispose of garbage at sea, in particular cigarette butts which are not biodegradable.

  • Ethical and responsible behavior

    You commit to respect the code of conduct and will denounce to the authorities all violations of rules and accidents which impact negatively on the environment. You will avoid all unethical behavior as well as act in a responsible manner both at sea and on land.

  • Proactive protection

    You commit to share and promote solutions that reduce the negative impact on marine life, among people linked with the sea, either for professional or personal motivations. You will inform other organizations of the benefits and the responsibility of these solutions.

  • Share and learn

    You commit to follow directives given by the scientific committee and commit to participate in initiatives dedicated towards ocean sustainability to maximize the positive result of your actions. The effort of every individual is important to minimize the "carbon footprint" of humanity.

  • Involvement of future generations

    You commit to transmit to future generations the values and principles for the ocean and coastal waters' protection. You will participate in educational initiatives for younger generations and positively inspire them to take responsible actions. For instance, by cleaning the beaches from plastics and debris.

  • Disseminating the Charta Smeralda

    By signing the Charta Smeralda you will become ambassador for the ocean and coastal waters' protection. You will disseminate the message inherent to the need to protect the marine habitat. Furthermore, you commit to divulge the content of the Charta Smeralda among family, friends and other organizations linked to the ocean.

Organizations

By signing the Charta Smeralda as representative of an organization, you commit to conduct all activities in a sustainable manner that will result in reducing the risk of endangering marine and coastal environment.

  • Sustainable development and environmental protection

    Your organization commits to conform with the principles of sustainable development, to respect the standards and guidelines and both national and international ethical codes of behavior with the aim of protecting the environment.

  • Environmental impact and eco-friendly behavior

    Your organization commits to develop an action plan to implement eco-friendly processes. Your organization will encourage and reward virtuous work ethics of  members, partners and suppliers with the aim of reducing environmental damages both at sea and on land.

  • Responsibility and transparency

    Your organization commits to practice its activities with utmost transparency and responsibility. Your organization will control the environmental impact of its processes and will share all relevant data and information with the organization's stakeholders.

  • Share and learn

    Your organization commits to develop innovative solutions, ideas and collect information that will be shared with other organizations, your partners, your members and the scientific committee with the objective to create synergies.

  • Involvement of future generations

    Your organization commits to transmit to future generations the values and principles for the ocean and coastal waters' protection. Your organization will participate in educational initiatives for younger generations and positively inspire them to take responsible actions. For instance, by cleaning the beaches from plastics and debris.

  • Disseminating the Charta Smeralda

    By signing the Charta Smeralda you will become ambassador for the ocean and coastal waters' protection. Your organization will disseminate the message inherent to the need to protect the marine habitat. Furthermore, your organization commits to divulge the content of the charta smeralda among family, friends and other organizations linked to the ocean.

Download the Charta Smeralda

You can download the full document of the Charta Smeralda before signing

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Sign the Charta Smeralda

Do you relate with the values of the Charta Smeralda? Sign and contribute through concrete and identifiable initiatives.

The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda constituted One Ocean Foundation to develop the One Ocean program. During the Forum the Charta Smeralda was officialized.

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