“Beaches are affected by different uses and needs and are subjected to considerable seasonal touristic pressure. Thus, their management is particularly complex as it necessarily requires simultaneous attention to different aspects. Beach operators, by choosing to certify beach operation according to the international standard ISO 13009: 2015, demonstrate sustainable beach operation to tourists and residents and compliance with certain quality requirements of the service and structures”.
The aim of this standard is to help decision makers, planners and beach operators make better-informed decisions about managing the beaches they are responsible for using a consistent and best practice based-approach to make the industry environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. As well as general beach management, the industry standard includes other important aspects, such as national actions plans, policies, beach safety education and information, signage, access and zoning, supervision and rescue and beach facilities.
With the publication of the new ISO 13009 Beach Standard, few partnerships are set up globally to professionally implement the requirements that it sets out. The ISOBeach partnership an do this.