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Manual beach cleaning in Belgium: an ecological alternative
Domínguez, H.; Belpaeme, K. (2006). Manual beach cleaning in Belgium: an ecological alternative, in: Tubielewicz, A. (Ed.) Living marine resources and coastal habitats. EuroCoast - Littoral 2006, : pp. 131-135
In: Tubielewicz, A. (Ed.) (2006). Living marine resources and coastal habitats. EuroCoast - Littoral 2006. Faculty of Management and Economics, Gdansk University of Technology: Gdansk. ISBN 83-88617-87-7. 161 pp., more
In: EuroCoast - Littoral 2006. Faculty of Management and Economics, Gdansk University of Technology: Gdnask, more

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  • VLIZ: Proceedings E [103364]
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Document type: Conference paper

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  • Domínguez, H.
  • Belpaeme, K., more

Abstract
    In the municipalities of Koksijde (Belgium), an pilot project on sustainable beach management was set up in 2004. This included the manual cleaning of 2 km of beach, and a questionnaire to examine the beach visitor’s perception of beach cleanness and on the acceptability of organic material on the beach. The time needed to manually clean the beach was less than expected: 1 man-day per month per km. Following the results of the public perception study, beach users were mostly satisfied with beach cleanness (82%), and the manually cleaned beach was just as visited as the mechanically cleaned one. Results showed that it is in fact the artificial material that the majority of beach users regard as garbage that should be removed from the beach. There was wide support for manual beach cleaning by beach users. Thanks to these results, Koksijde now supports this environmental friendly way of beach cleaning.

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