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Comparative Study Of The Environmental Footprints Of Marinas On European Islands

Noelia Cruz-Pérez, Jesica Rodríguez-Martín, Celso García, Florin Ioras, Nicholas Christofides, Marco Vieira, Manfredi Bruccoleri, Juan C. Santamarta

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AbstractPorts have been key elements in Europe's economic development. This situation is even more relevant on islands, which are highly dependent on the maritime sector. Consequently, over the years, ports with diverse functionalities have been established both in mainland Europe and on its outlying islands. This article discusses the environmental impact of leisure marinas on European islands, especially as they are closely linked to economic development through tourism. The aim is to study the environmental impact of these infrastructures by determining the carbon and water footprints of marinas on European islands in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The results obtained enable the authors to make recommendations in order to reduce the overall environmental footprint of marinas on islands, considering that these territories are much more vulnerable to climate change than mainland locations in Europe.