How many times have you thought about things you could do to improve the coasts of the Canary Islands?

How many ideas and proposals have you come up with, how much effort have you invested when imagining all the things that could be done?

The aim of the Eco-areas is to become a channel for all the challenges faced and proposals made by both individuals and entities that are willing to commit and work hard to improve the sustainability of our coasts.

The Canary Islands are internationally known for their geographical location, their climate and natural beauty, which is why they receive the visit of millions of tourists from all over the world every year. If we want the islands to be a paradise and at the same time to be a source of resources and economic activity, their natural spaces must be preserved and managed appropriately. As a result, Ecoáreas-mardetodos (Eco-areas-oneseaforall) was born, a project financed by the Tourism, Culture and Sport Board of the regional government of the Canary Islands and supported as well by ERDF Funds of the Avanza Plan of the European Union.

This initiative aims at creating dynamic coastal areas using a participatory approach, where you and any other person or entity using those spaces, that is to say, those that benefit from them, have a voice, so as to preserve the natural values and to foster the sustainable development of a sea for everyone.
The main difference of this proposal is that its success depends on following a bottom-up model, starting from the society as a whole and moving up to the public administrations, creating tools to make changes possible, and including those that benefit from the territory at the core of the process. In other words, it is the result of the small agreements made between the users of the space and the decisions taken by consensus regarding the future of a sea that belongs to everyone.

The Eco-areas rely on the development of numerous activities in an orderly and sustainable manner, while at the same time encouraging the creation of synergies among them. Good examples of activities with ecotourism potential are: swimming, scuba-diving, snorkelling, the different types of surfing, kayaking, gastronomic tourism, recreational fishing and, of course, professional fishing.

This is an innovative Blue Economy initiative that seeks to transform the use and management of coastal areas into a model that rewards and promotes sustainable and responsible practices. That is why, this initiative is based on three pillars: voluntary agreements, involvement and horizontal management. For the Eco-areas, your opinion and involvement are vitally important.

If you want to participate in the sustainability of our coasts, this is your project.