Blue Flag certification to 2 Karnataka Beaches
What is Blue Flag certification?
- The Blue Flag programme is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- It is an eco-tourism model to provide tourists clean and hygienic bathing water, facilities/amenities, safe and healthy environment and sustainable development of the area.
- They, by certification, try to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by their mission to:
- promote and participate in environmental education programmes for the users of beaches, marinas and boating operators.
- Implement sound safety and environmental management systems.
- Monitor environmental conditions to reduce the impact of human activity at the beaches, marinas and boating operators.
- Commit to partnerships and collaborative action to promote the sustainable development of tourism.
- Forty-seven countries currently participate in the program, and 4,573 beaches, marinas, and boats have this certification.
Criteria of selection
- Based on 33 stringent criteria in four major heads, the certification is provided. The 4 major themes are:
- Environmental education and information,
- Bathing water quality,
- Environment management and conservation
- Safety and services in the beaches.
Why in the news?
- Eight beaches in India have been awarded the coveted ‘Blue Flag’ certification.
- The beaches selected for the certification are: Kappad (Kerala), Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh), Golden (Odisha) and Radhanagar (Andaman & Nicobar Islands).
- This will boost the tourism benefiting the local industries and people and also will help in creating awareness about sustainability.
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