EBSCode—Eco Based Surf Code—Surfing for a Sustainable Development of Beaches: The Portuguese Case
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The main aim of this study is the creation of a Code of Conduct (CC) that establishes a set of rules that will somehow guideline the behaviour of a specific segment of beaches’ users: surfers. This study considers, in a first instance, the Portuguese framework, which has no such tool nationally recognized and used by all and it aims to analyse other realities with similar characteristics which already use Codes of Conduct (CsC) and that will help to design this tool. This CC is part of the category of voluntary instruments for a sustainable development of Tourism and it aims mainly to promote a responsible use of beaches, preserving this natural resource to future generations. The methodology procedures include literature review, the analysis of specialized technical documents that address this topic and an internet exhaustive qualitative research of CsC throughout the world, via Internet official sites. The research was conducted in different languages to enlarge the scope and possibilities of finding as many CsC as possible. In total 20 generic codes related to the use of beaches by surfers were analyzed. EBSCode innovates as it introduces the ecological component in its principles answering the main aim of this study.
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