Research has revealed that Europe’s cleanest beaches are in Cyprus and Malta and according to a survey; Cyprus had the cleanest bathing water in Europe with all of its sites rated excellent (Harvey, 2014).
A lot of construction projects are taking place at the sea, affecting the marine environment. In a lot of areas, major construction work for tourist developments have been constructed including marinas, resorts, clubs and beach bars resulting in the destruction of marine environments ignoring that marine species play key roles in ecosystems, providing habitats and food for our fauna (WWF Global).
Overdevelopment for tourism often has an immense impact as the tourist developments are located at or near fragile marine ecosystems. For instance:
Tourist developments such as harbours, piers, clubs and other structures have been built on top of marine habitats.
Large number of tourists on the beaches have disturbed and destroyed nesting sites for endangered marine species such as the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)
Environmental groups and teams of scientists are preparing to take legal action against the Republic of Cyprus (Constantinou, 2014). SeaCyprus agrees with these people and declares that it is unacceptable for the Republic of Cyprus to give permission to anyone to build beach bars, clubs and cafeterias on the beach, since this leads to the demolition of the protected fauna of the island.
Constantinou, C. (2014, August 2). Sacrifice on the altar of profit Cypriot beaches. SigmaLive. Retrieved from http://www.sigmalive.com/news/environment/149480
WWF Global. Each year a large percentage of holiday-makers head to coastlines around the world, where they have an enormous impact on marine ecosystems. (n.d.). Retrieved from the WWF Global website http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/blue_planet/problems/tourism/tourism_pressure/
Harvey, F. (2014, May 27). UK beaches good, but Europe’s cleanest are in Cyprus and Malta, survey finds. The Guardian. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/27/uk-beaches-europe-cyprus-malta