The General Assembly of the United Nations has declared 2017 to be the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
Every month throughout 2017, Nausicaa will take a closer look at a different subject linked to sustainable tourism.
From Monday 6 to Tuesday 28 March 2017, Nausicaa is focusing on the subject of water. Nausicaa has decided to become involved in this sustainable tourism event and it wants to show the importance of reconciling tourism with water management.
Water is precious and rapidly becoming a tourism issue in various regions of the world.
Sustainable tourism, notably the management of wastewater, can preserve the natural balance and maintain terrestrial and underwater biodiversity while limiting coastal erosion. Every single thing we do is important for the future of the Blue Planet.
From Monday 6 to Tuesday 28 March 2017, you will be able to watch documentaries on the subject of water in Nausicaa's TV studio. Among the subjects covered by these broadcasts will be hypertrophication and Nausicaa's own water supply. In addition, internet users will be able to find all the latest news about water worldwide by visiting Nausicaa's social networks and website.
Wednesday 22 March 2017 – World Water Day
World Water Day, which aims to draw people’s attention to the importance of water and promote the sustainable management of freshwater resources, is celebrated on 22 March every year. Set up by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), World Water Day is an international event and an opportunity to learn more about water-related topics. For the first time, Nausicaa is taking part in World Water Day this year by giving visitors a chance for discussion, then action to change the course of the future.
Water in the world
Water covers some 70% of the planet i.e. 1.4 billion km3. This is why Earth is often referred to as the “Blue Planet”. Of all this water, salt water makes up 97.2%. Fresh water accounts for only 2.8% of it.
A few figures:
- One third of the world’s population does not have ready access to drinking water
- Every year, 2.2 million children die because of unclean water
- 50 cities with populations of more than 6 million people are short of water
- In the city of Las Vegas in the USA, water consumption is equal to 1,000 litres per person per day
- In Jordan, water is distributed once a week
- In France, 6 billion bottles of water are drunk every year
- • In Mediterranean countries, it is estimated that, during the tourist season, each tourist uses approximately 300 litres of water every day, twice as much as local people (this figure rises to 880 litres in the luxury tourism sector). Luxury hotels equipped with swimming pools, golf courses etc. use up to 836 litres of water per day per room while small hotels that manage their water consumption sustainably use only 187 litres.
Seawater management at Nausicaa
Increasing public awareness of the need for better management of our seas and oceans and telling the general public what they can do to help are very much part of Nausicaa's exhibition.
As the largest complex in Europe highlighting knowledge of the marine environment and its links with Man, Nausicaa uses more than 4.5 million litres of water providing a habitat for over 35,000 animals. The saltwater basin in the tropical lagoon alone, home to Nausicaa's sharks, contains 1,000m3 of water while the coral lagoon with 600m3 of water is home to 3,000 fish.
Nausicaa's water comes from the sea. It is directly pumped from the beach in Boulogne-sur-Mer. The water is filtered naturally, by the sand.
There are eleven in all, including eight saltwater and three freshwater.
Water is a fragile, precious resource so Nausicaa does not waste its grey water. It is used to clean filters before being filtered again and returned to the sea. At this point, it meets the quality requirements for water in which people can swim.
Water-saving measures at Nausicaa
Since it first opened 25 years ago Nausicaa has always adopted, on a daily basis, an ongoing and positive approach to the environment. Whenever Nausicaa has replaced any of its equipment, it has quite naturally selected a sustainable solution that uses less water and that complies with the Centre’s environmental policy. One example of this can be seen in the ecological, economical scrubber-dryers selected by Nausicaa – they use 70% less water than a conventional machine. Nausicaa has also installed water-saving toilet facilities for visitors, another of its planet-saving measures.