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Blue Flag Certification


Recently, the Blue Flag certification has been accorded to two new beaches – Minicoy Thundi Beach and Kadmat Beach- both in Lakshadweep.

  • This takes the number of beaches certified under the Blue Flag certification to 12.


GS III- Environment

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Blue flag programme
  2. Other 10 Beaches which have Received the Certification:
  3. About BEAMS

About Blue flag programme

  • Blue Flag beaches are considered the cleanest beaches of the world.
  • The recommendations are done by an independent National Jury composed of eminent environmentalists & scientists
  • The Blue Flag Programme for beaches and marinas is run by the international, non-governmental, non-profit organisation FEE (the Foundation for Environmental Education).
  • The main objective of the Blue Flag Programme are to improve understanding of the coastal environment and to promote the incorporation of environmental issues in the decision-making processes of local authorities and their partners.
  • There are nearly 33 criteria that must be met to qualify for a Blue Flag certification, such as the water meeting certain quality standards, having waste disposal facilities, being disabled- friendly, have first aid equipment, and no access to pets in the main areas of the beach. Some criteria are voluntary and some compulsory.
  • It started in France in 1985 and has been implemented in Europe since 1987, and in areas outside Europe since 2001, when South Africa joined.
  • Japan and South Korea are the only countries in South and South-Eastern Asia to have Blue Flag beaches.
  • Spain tops the list with 566 such beaches; Greece and France follow with 515 and 395, respectively.

Other 10 Beaches which have Received the Certification:

  1. Shivrajpur (Gujarat)
  2. Ghoghla (Daman & Diu)
  3. Kasarkod (Karnataka)
  4. Padubidri beach (Karnataka)
  5. Kappad (Kerala)
  6. Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh)
  7. Golden beach (Odisha)
  8. Radhanagar beach (Andaman and Nicobar)
  9. Kovalam (Tamil Nadu)
  10. Eden (Puducherry)


  • SICOM, MoEFCC in pursuit of promoting its policies for sustainable development in coastal regions have embarked upon a highly acclaimed program “BEAMS” (Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services) under its ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management) project.
  • The objective of BEAMS program is to abate pollution in coastal waters, promote sustainable development of beach facilities, protect & conserve coastal ecosystems & natural resources, and seriously challenge local authorities & stakeholders to strive and maintain high standards of cleanliness, hygiene & safety for beachgoers in accordance with coastal environment & regulations.
  • This program promotes beach recreation in absolute harmony with nature.

-Source: Indian Express

May 2024