Political advocacy

Surfrider Europe leads advocacy actions
in order to strongly advocates for a better adaptation of the legal framework in accordance with the protection and preservation of oceans.

Surfrider Foundation Europe's political advocacy

In addition to its actions aiming to raise awareness among citizens and change their behaviour, Surfrider Europe also leads advocacy actions. The NGO strongly advocates for a better adaptation of the legal framework in accordance with the protection and preservation of oceans. Its objectives in doing so is to strengthen environmental policies, but also to transition from an economic model to an ecological one, focused on humanity, nature and climate.

Surfrider Europe is in permanent contact with local, national, European and international institutions. Throughout these dialogues, many different topics are addressed, such as water quality, preservation of the coastal zones, prevention of pollution and aquatic waste, consequences of climate change…

Ban the bag

Plastic bags are a plague to the oceans and environment. Along with Surfrider, learn good practices to fight against this pollution. Let’s take action and mobilize our communities to come together and say “No to plastic bags”.

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Reset your habits

Surfrider is engaged in the fight against plastic bottles, the “serial polluter”. Plastic bottles are in the top 10 of items of waste collected on beaches every year during Ocean Initiatives. It’s time to change, let’s reset our habits and forget single use plastic bottles!

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Shipping

Shipping represents 90% of global haulage. Though shipping is seen as the least polluting means of transportation, numerous ecological issues remain.

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Carried out actions

Concretely, this advocacy work means that the NGO actively takes part in consultation processes, NGO alliances, meetings with representatives and open discussions with economic stakeholders. Outside these alliances, Surfrider Europe was able to push towards the adoption of several directives, notably concerning oil platforms and plastic bags.

Surfrider Europe’s legal watch mainly consists in supervising the proper application of existing rules, advocating to ensure the adoption of bills related to pollutions’ prevention and reduction at source, but also adjusting existing rules in order to allow sustainable alternatives to grow.






Surfrider Europe is one of the few NGOs that can provide a real expertise on maritime transportation. For instance, together with the IMO (International Maritime Organization), Surfrider drafted a roadmap about CO2 emissions limitation.

Indeed, maritime transportation, namely because of containers losses, plays a key part in the ecological transition and maritime pollution.

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An advocacy in support of Surfrider's campaigns

Surfrider’s advocacy work, along with its several campaigns has led to notable successes in favour of ecological transition and oceans’ preservation :

2015

In 2015, on the occasion of COP 21, with its Ocean and Climate Platform, Surfrider Europe advocated for the integration of oceans’ stakes in UN’s international negotiations about climate change, which resulted in their inscription in the preamble of the Paris Agreement.


2018

In 2018, Surfrider Europe, as a member of the Rethink Plastic alliance, contributed to the adoption of the European directive about single use plastic. The organisation called on the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to incorporate ambitious measures about plastic pollution prevention such as bioplastics prohibition, reduction of single use containers and promotion of reusable alternatives.

2020

In 2020, the organisation will seize the opportunity provided by the Bathing water quality directive to dive in and require that competent institutions strengthen criteria and controls in order to improve water quality.

Documents à télécharger

Bilan des actions de l'UE 2014 - 2019

our values

PASSION

The passion for the oceans, the coastline and the pleasures they bring animates everyone who wears Surfrider and guides the organization's action.

SHARING

Surfrider is rooted in the value of sharing and participation through inclusion and diversity.

RESPECT

Surfrider seeks a harmonious relationship between humans and nature.