Sustainability on Schouwen-Duiveland

As our guests mainly visit Schouwen-Duiveland because of our unique nature, the island community is actively committed to promoting sustainability and protecting our biodiversity and nature. In recent years, Schouwen-Duiveland has received several awards for its efforts in sustainable tourism.

Sustainability certificates - & awards

  • QualityCoast Award

    Since 2008, Schouwen-Duiveland has participated in the QualityCoast program. This initiative by the European Union aims to make European coastal communities more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The municipality of Schouwen-Duiveland has been awarded the Platinum level, which is the highest level.

  • Blue Flag

    The Blue Flag organization evaluates beaches and marinas in more than 30 countries each year. The international environmental award assesses whether participating beaches and marinas are clean and safe. In May 2022, we raised the Blue Flag on Schouwen-Duiveland on the beaches at Rotonde Westenschouwen, Vuurtorenpad Nieuw-Haamstede, Wilhelminahoeve and Jan van Renesseweg in Renesse and Brouwersdam-Scharendijke. The marinas of Bruinisse and Den Osse and the city harbors of Brouwershaven and Zierikzee are also allowed to fly the Blue Flag.


    Global award in the field of sustainability and the fight against global warming and environmental degradation.

  • Best of Nature 2019

    First prize for the most sustainable nature reserve. The island was awarded for its unspoiled nature and wide beaches.

  • Groene Strand Wimpel

    Verklikkerstrand is one of eight Dutch beaches with a green pennant. On these beaches, more space has been created for nature.

    uitreiking groene wimpel

Green key

Green Key is an international certification for sustainable tourism. Green Key-certified companies show that they are actively committed to sustainability, corporate social responsibility, environmental protection, and nature conservation. The measures and steps they take go well beyond what is required by law. Currently, roughly 2,000 companies in 20 countries are Green Key certified.

Green Key-certified companies - on Schouwen-Duiveland