Blue Flag Certification

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    Recently, Minicoy Thundi beach and Kadmat beach, located in Lakshadweep, have received the International eco-label ‘Blue Flag’.

    Key Points

    • The Thundi Beach:
      • One of the most pristine and picturesque beaches in the Lakshadweep archipelago 
      • White sand is lined by turquoise blue water of the lagoon. 
      • It is a paradise for swimmers and tourists alike. 
    • The Kadmat Beach:
      • 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.
    • Both the beaches have designated staff for beach cleanliness and maintenance; and for safety and security of swimmers. 
    • Both the beaches comply with all the 33 criteria as mandated by the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE). 

    About Blue Flag Certification Programme 

    • Started in France in 1985 and in areas outside of Europe in 2001. 
    • Globally recognised eco-label accorded on the basis of 33 stringent criteria in four major heads which are:-
      • Environmental education and information, 
      • Bathing water quality, 
      • Environmental management and 
      • Conservation and safety and services in the beaches.
    • The certification is awarded to the cleanest beaches in the world by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
    • It is accorded by the international jury composed of eminent members – 
      • United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP), 
      • United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), 
      • Denmark-based NGO Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and 
      • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
    • Indian beaches in the Blue List:
      • 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 Pondicherry.
      • With the new additions, the number of beaches certified under the Blue Flag Certification is twelve (12).

    Source: LM