After extensive consultation through the website and the network of clubs and committees, the RYA has published ' Boating for Life', its Planning and Environmental strategy for sustainable boating.
The key principles are promotion of recreational opportunities for all and the sustainable use of the coastal zone and inland waters.
Boating for Life can be downloaded from the environment section of the website where there is also more information on the development of the strategy and its predecessor 'Recreation on the Living Coast'.
Back in 1997, the RYA recognised the need for a specific planning and environmental strategy. This was called ' Recreation on the living Coast' . The strategy was originally developed as a response to the growing pressure on coastal resources and the decline of boating facilities. Recently the RYA has recognised that as new issues and legislation has come to light much of the strategy has become outdated.
Over the years the emphasis has changed, driven by European and national legislation to be more conservation orientated. This has driven the need to review the outdated policies and review where the RYA stands on these issues. The RYA has revised the strategy and produced the 2004-2009 RYA Planning and Environmental Strategy for Sustainable Boating called "Boating for Life"
Note: Within ISAF, the International Regulations Commission is responsible for environmental issues. Further information is available on the Cruising section of the ISAF website.