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Proud Moment for India: 8 Beaches Get “Blue Flag” Certification

Indian Beaches with ‘Blue Flag’ Certification

It was a glorious Sunday for India as the country’s 8 beaches received “Blue Flag” certification that is such an honor for India and will boost the tourism sector, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javedekar said. The certification gives global recognition to India’s conservation and sustainable efforts to the development and nature’s love.

This is the first time when any country received ‘Blue Flag’ certification for 8 beaches in the first attempt. Calling it a “golden moment” the minister shared a list on his Twitter account. Here is a quick list of the 8 beaches received this honor.

  1. Shivrajpur Beach, Dwarka, Gujarat
  2. Ghoghla Beach, Diu
  3. Kasarkod Beach, Karnataka
  4. Kappakadavu, Kozhikode, Kerala
  5. Rushikonda Beach, Andhra Pradesh
  6. Padubirdri Beach, Udupi
  7. Golden Beach, Puri, Odisha
  8. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman & Nicobar

The ‘Blue Flag’ certification is an internationally recognized eco-label accorded by comparing members of the International Union for Conversion of Nature (IUCN), UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

“Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark” comprised of 33 criteria under foud major chairs — environmental education and information, quality of bathing water, environment management and conservation, and safety & services at the beaches.

Talk about the country with the most ‘Blue Flag’ beaches, Spain has ranked first for nearly 30 years since the award began in 1985. Japan, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates also have these Blue Flag beaches but they struggled for about 7-8 years for the reward.

Some of these beaches are listed in one of the best beautiful beaches in the world. We have covered them previously in our blog. Let’s get some more info about the ‘Blue Flag’ certification then we would share some interesting factors about these 8 beaches received this certification.

What is the Blue Flag Certification?

Started back in 1985 in France and later in 2001 in the areas out of Europe, the ‘Blue Flag’ certification is given to any beach, marina, or sustainable boating tourism operator that serves as an eco-label. It is given a non-profit Danish Foundation for Environmental Education to ensure that environmental, educational, and safety-related criteria are meeting. 

This program mainly promotes sustainable development in freshwater and marine areas to attract tourists. It works on four major criteria to shortlist the beaches or marine areas, including Water Quality, Environmental Management, Environmental Education & safety. Currently, 4,573 beaches, marines, and boats have this certification.

According to the recent notification issued by the foundation, Blue Flag beaches need to provide the following facilities within the area of 10 meters from the High Tide Line (HTL).

  • Portable Toilet, changing room, and shower panel
  • Grey Water Treatment Plant
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Solar Power  Plant
  • Purified Drinkable Water
  • Pathways to Access Beach
  • Roadside Lighting
  • Seating Benches and Umbrellas
  • Outdoor Fitness Equipment
  • CCTV Surveillance and Monitor Room
  • First Aid Medical Booth
  • Watch Tower and Beach Safety Equipment
  • Parking Facility
  • Tourist Faciliation Centre

Later we will talk about the beaches that received the Blue Flag Certification. We hope you would make a trip there shortly. Though, you can travel to these countries without COVID-19 restrictions.

It was a glorious Sunday for India as the country’s 8 beaches received “Blue Flag” certification that is such an honor for India and will boost the tourism sector, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javedekar said. The certification gives global recognition to India’s conservation and sustainable efforts to the development and nature’s love.

This is the first time when any country received ‘Blue Flag’ certification for 8 beaches in the first attempt. Calling it a “golden moment” the minister shared a list on his Twitter account. Here is a quick list of the 8 beaches received this honor.

  1. Shivrajpur Beach, Dwarka, Gujarat
  2. Ghoghla Beach, Diu
  3. Kasarkod Beach, Karnataka
  4. Kappakadavu, Kozhikode, Kerala
  5. Rushikonda Beach, Andhra Pradesh
  6. Padubirdri Beach, Udupi
  7. Golden Beach, Puri, Odisha
  8. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman & Nicobar

The ‘Blue Flag’ certification is an internationally recognized eco-label accorded by comparing members of the International Union for Conversion of Nature (IUCN), UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

“Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark” comprised of 33 criteria under foud major chairs — environmental education and information, quality of bathing water, environment management and conservation, and safety & services at the beaches.

Talk about the country with the most ‘Blue Flag’ beaches, Spain has ranked first for nearly 30 years since the award began in 1985. Japan, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates also have these Blue Flag beaches but they struggled for about 7-8 years for the reward.

Some of these beaches are listed in one of the best beautiful beaches in the world. We have covered them previously in our blog. Let’s get some more info about the ‘Blue Flag’ certification then we would share some interesting factors about these 8 beaches received this certification.

What is the Blue Flag Certification?

Started back in 1985 in France and later in 2001 in the areas out of Europe, the ‘Blue Flag’ certification is given to any beach, marina, or sustainable boating tourism operator that serves as an eco-label. It is given a non-profit Danish Foundation for Environmental Education to ensure that environmental, educational, and safety-related criteria are meeting. 

This program mainly promotes sustainable development in freshwater and marine areas to attract tourists. It works on four major criteria to shortlist the beaches or marine areas, including Water Quality, Environmental Management, Environmental Education & safety. Currently, 4,573 beaches, marines, and boats have this certification.

According to the recent notification issued by the foundation, Blue Flag beaches need to provide the following facilities within the area of 10 meters from the High Tide Line (HTL).

  • Portable Toilet, changing room, and shower panel
  • Grey Water Treatment Plant
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Solar Power  Plant
  • Purified Drinkable Water
  • Pathways to Access Beach
  • Roadside Lighting
  • Seating Benches and Umbrellas
  • Outdoor Fitness Equipment
  • CCTV Surveillance and Monitor Room
  • First Aid Medical Booth
  • Watch Tower and Beach Safety Equipment
  • Parking Facility
  • Tourist Faciliation Centre

Later we will talk about the beaches that received the Blue Flag Certification. We hope you would make a trip there shortly. Though, you can travel to these countries without COVID-19 restrictions.

Later we will talk about the beaches that received the Blue Flag Certification. We hope you would make a trip there shortly. Though, you can travel to these countries without COVID-19 restrictions.

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