Eight Beaches in India awarded Blue Flag Certification.
The eight beaches including the Shivrajpur in Gujarat, Golden Beach in Odisha, Kasarkod and padubidri in Karnataka, Goghla in Daman and Diu, Radha Nagar beach in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Kappad in Kerala and Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh have been given the Blue Flag Certification.
Earlier on September 19, 2020 eight Indian beaches were recommended for the Blue Flag International Eco label on the occasion of International coastal clean-up day.
This is the first time the beaches have been given the blue flag International ecolabel. The beaches were selected and recommended by an independent National Jury consisting of eminent scientists and environmentalists
Blue Flag Certification
The Blue Flag certification is globally recognised. It has been accorded by a Denmark based International agency known as the Foundation for Environment Education. The blue flag certification or tag is provided to those beaches that are providing clean and hygienic bath facilities to the tourist or the beach goers. The certification or tag is also given to the beaches that provide safe and healthy environment and promote sustainable development in and around the beach area.
Beach Environment and Aesthetics Management Services (BEAMS)
The BEAMS programme was launched by the Union Ministry of environment on the occasion of International Coastal Clean-Up day. The BEAMS is an eco-label programme. It is operated under the integrated coastal zone management project in India. The BEAMS was launched in order to remove debris and promote sustainable development in the coastal regions. It primarily focus on four categories:
- Environmental Education.
- Environmental Management including the solid waste management and cleanliness.
- Quality standards of Bathing Water.
- Safety and security of beaches.