28 Oct Blue Flag Certification
Blue Flag Certification
Context: Recently, the globally recognized and coveted eco-label “blue ag” has been accorded to two Indian beaches- Minicoy Thundi and Kadmat-both in Lakshadweep. The total number of beaches which has been given Blue Flag Certification stands at 12.
About Blue Flag Certification for Beaches:
It is a globally recognized eco-label that is accorded to a beach on fulfillment of 33 criteria. These criteria are further divided under 4 headings, namely:
- Bathing water quality
- Environment education and information
- Environmental Management
- Conservation and safety services in the beaches
The Blue Flag is being given by jury members composed of Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nation Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
They are characterized as cleanest beaches on world. The Blue Flag tag also boost promotes tourism which promote sustainable development of the area.
About Blue Flag Certified beaches:
The Thundi Beach is one of the most pristine and picturesque beaches in the Lakshadweep archipelago where white sand is lined by the turquoise-blue water of the lagoon. It is a paradise for swimmers and tourists a like.
Pic : The Thundi Beach
The Kadmat Beach is especially popular with cruise tourists who visit the island for water sports. It is a paradise for nature lovers with its pearl white sand, blue lagoon waters, its moderate climate and friendly locals.
Pic : The Kadmat Beach
The other Indian beaches in the blue list are Shivrajpur-Gujarat, Ghoghla-Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri-Karnataka, Kappad-Kerala, Rushikonda- Andhra Pradesh, Golden-Odisha, Radhanagar- Andaman and Nicobar, Kovalam in Tamil Nadu and Eden in Puducherry beaches.
In order to qualify for this prestigious award, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria must be met and maintained. The mission of Blue Flag is to promote sustainability in the tourism sector, through environmental education, environmental protection, and other sustainable development practices. (ANI)
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