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Green Messages from Nautical Heritage

Heritage charter sailboats for recreational travels on the Ijsselmeer Lake. NATUREHERIT ©

As oldest transport and traffic tool, boating presents an ancient green and simple lifestyle from necessity. Historical maritime routes, such as the Maritime Silk Road and many other sea trips and trade routes around the world, cherished the East-West and North-South cultural encounters of today, created diverse and interesting heritage places. Nowadays, these places are evaluable sources in creating high-value territories and economies, with characters and functions of boating widely expanded.

In global calls and talks for actions on Climate Change and Green Economies, for various reasons, the role of Maritime Industry with related Water Recreation-Tourism is a little neglected and under-estimated by many governmental officials as potential leading green sector. Besides upgrading in green technologies on boats and their facilities, such as hybrid and electrical motor replacing, sewage tanks or signage posts with sun panels, The high market value, water sensitiveness and wide reachability of Maritime Leisure and Travel Industry could be such a great potential to use climate-green knowledge for new programs, routes and service products which create green growth.

The rapid speed of urbanisation-based economies contradicts with keeping environment natural and authentic. Many processes are also effected by Climate Change and often irreversible. In dense existing and emerging city areas, flowing water courses as regular urban landscape are more difficult to find. For the majority who living and visiting there, longing for activities at water increase evidently.

Sardinia Island in the Mediterranean is one of the well preserved, authentic natural regions in the world, which enjoy a high level of livability while differentiate from the quickly urbanizing world. An oldest nautical region in Europe, it kept natural and culture beauty intact thank to the European and regional development frameworks and the value position of local people.

With development based on local nature and communities from the 60's, Costa Smeralda is an exclusive coast area for its luxury superyacht hideaways, which are totally imbedded in the wonderful coastal nature. In Olbia Region, it is the most expensive location in Europe with land price (Wikipedia).

The beautiful and exclusive beach area is an excellent lesson for global investors about how to protect nature by profitable development and give the locals capacities to upgrade and reinvent itself.

Travel on water on the criss-cross water channels between the Friesian Lakes. NATUREHERIT ©

To explore the many potentials and ways to upscale, Natureherit has started a study on discovering and upscaling the water-related green economies since 2015 in EU and Chinese water-rich regions, discovering GreenMagnets' Places and their possible inter-connections. Through water trips in the Dutch/Friesian boating regions, communication with the European boating and marina sector, Natureherit started to know various boating professionals - "the blue territorial warriors".

As part of these studies and consequent program design, some testing routes of "Nautical Geographic Routes Europe" will be shown on the upcoming China International Boatshow. With more following details, it calls on attention from Asian young water sport lovers and other generations. The routes are also an Inter-Regional Approach which will include selected places and routes in The Netherlands and Italy.

A youth group from Switzerland sailed on the traditional charter sailboat Dyabtfanstarum and enjoyed the summer tranquility on the Ijsselmeer. Summer sailcamp is a long tradition of the European youth to discover other European territories. The Netherlands. Kees van der Zweep ©

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