Two additional Indian beaches have received the international eco-level tag ‘Blue Flag’ certification by the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE), Denmark.
Kovalam in Tamil Nadu and Eden in Puducherry were added to the previous list, making the total number of these beaches in the country ten.
FEE Denmark, which awards the internationally recognized eco-label Blue Flag certification, has re-certified the eight nominated beaches, Shivrajpur in Gujarat, Ghoghla in Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri in Karnataka, Kappad in Kerala, Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh, Golden in Odisha, and Radhanagar in Andaman and Nicobar. The eight beaches received the Blue Flag certificate last year in October.
FEE Denmark conducts surveillance and audits to ensure fulfillment to the 33 requirements. A waving “Blue Flag” indicates that the beach has met all 33 of these mandatory provisions and is in good health.
The goal was to get the globally renowned and coveted “Blue Flag” international eco-label, which is issued by international jury members from the IUCN, UNWTO, UNEP, and UNESCO.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) launched the highly acclaimed and flagship programme Beach Environment and Aesthetics Management Services (BEAMS) in order to achieve “sustainable development” of India’s coastal regions.
BEAMS is the initiative under the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) approach that is undertaken by the MoEF&CC for sustainable development of India’s coasts aiming to protect and conserve the natural coasts and marine ecosystems.
In the next five years of the Ministry’s vision plan, the Ministry is committed to developing and delivering a hundred more beaches through its ICZM project.
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