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Blue Flag Certification

Context:

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.

Relevance:

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)

About BEAMS

  • 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


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