Eight sea beaches in India have received the prestigious Blue Flag certification. The Union Ministry of Environment announced the meeting of Blue Flag on Sunday, 11th October 2020.
The certification enabled India to join those 50 countries, which have clean beaches with ‘Blue Flag’ status. With this, the country has been selected for the third award under ‘International Best Practice’ for pollution control in coastal areas.
Denmark’s ‘Foundation for Environment Education’ operates the Blue Flag program. It is considered one of the most recognized eco-labels globally. The jury included members of prestigious organizations such as the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The Kappad Beach (Kerala) Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh), Golden (Odisha), and Radhanagar (Andaman & Nicobar Islands) have been awarded the Blue Flag certification. The renowned international panel including members of the UNEP, UNWTO, FEE, and IUCN bestowed this certification on the aforementioned beaches.
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Prakash Javadekar, the Union Environment Minister said, “8 cities of any country have not been successful in getting Blue Flag status in one go.” He said, “This is a moment of pride for the country. Getting this status is the universal recognition of India’s conservation and sustainable development efforts.”
India has also become the first country in the Asia Pacific region to achieve Blue Flag status within two years. However, in Asia, India is the fourth country to receive the Blue Flag status.
Till now, only Japan, Korea, and UAE coasts in Asia were on this list. But these international beaches achieved this status in 5-6 years.
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