Sustainability Afloat

Protecting Your Local Activity Waters


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By signing the Green Boating Pledge, your Scout Group commits to protecting and respecting our marine environment through sustainable practices on the water.
Together, we will reduce our impact and promote the preservation of our ecosystems and waterways.

Scout Groups that have ‘Signed The Pledge’ and committed following best practices afloat.

9th Port of Dublin (Malahide Sea Scouts)
1st Port of Galway
9th Westmeath (Milltownpass)
9th Wicklow (Port of Arklow Sea Scouts)
1st Wexford (New Ross Sea Scouts)
1st Port of Dublin (Ringsend Sea Scouts)
87th Dublin (Polish Scout Group)
16th Cork (Mizen)

Top Sustainabilty Tips from Irish Sailing

The Sea Scouting programme encourages all Scouts to protect and nurture their local waters.
Ensure your Scout Group has signed up to the Green Boating Pledge.
Join the sustainable boating community!

This detailed resource from Scouting Ireland provides a range of activity sheets for all sections. This is a programme must-have in your Sea Scout group!

What do we do? Clean Coasts create a tangible improvement of Ireland’s coastal environment by supporting over 2000 community groups to host beach clean-ups, empower volunteers, facilitating marine litter surveys and complete a range of environmental focused activities in their region.

Leave No Trace Ireland provides research, education and outreach so every person who ventures outside can protect and enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

The Marine Institute is the state agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland.

It provides scientific and technical advice to the government to inform policy and support the sustainable development of Ireland’s marine resources.


Goal 6 – WATER

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.


Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The National Biodiversity Data Centre works to make biodiversity data and information more freely available in order to better understand and assist the protection of Ireland’s biodiversity.

Flossie and the Beach Cleaners is a registered marine environmental charity and an ever-growing group of marine enthusiasts. We are passionate about saving our seas and sea creatures from the ravages of plastic pollution.

Our founder, children’s book author Patrick Jackson was out walking his dog and came across, and managed to free a distressed seagull caught around the neck by a length of improperly discarded fishing line. The next day, in the same place, he found a litter picker-upper. Patrick started litter-picking. Every day. The journey and the Picker Pals story had begun.

Badge of Distinction

We’re delighted to announce a partnership with Scouting Ireland to offer young people the chance to earn a Dublin Bay Biosphere badge for actions which help protect our beautiful biosphere. Although this is a scouting initiative the scheme will also be open to schools and clubs who want to get involved.

By being part of the Earth Tribe, Scouting amplifies its impact with powerful alliances and resources. Together, we empower youth for a sustainable future.

The Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) is working to identify the issues affecting water quality in every county in Ireland. Where issues are identified, it collaborates with the relevant local authority, public body, and water stakeholder to find a solution. Community engagement is the cornerstone of this approach to combine local and expert knowledge for a better understanding of what’s happening in a local catchment and waterbody. Good water quality benefits everybody, it is essential for nature to flourish and our economy to thrive.

The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme engages with primary schools, teachers, children and the education network, creating marine leaders and ocean champions in Ireland.

The Marine Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organisation. It recognises and rewards efforts to protect oceans and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. Click on the image to see resources for World Oceans Day.