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The two more Indian beaches namely Kovalam beach in Chennai and Eden beach in Puducherry have been awarded the Blue Flag certification.
What is Blue Flag Certification?
‘Blue Flag’ is a certification that can be obtained by a beach, marina, or sustainable boating tourism operator, and serves as an eco-label.
The certification is awarded by the Denmark-based non-profit Foundation for Environmental Education.
Criterion: The certification is accorded based on 33 stringent criteria under four major heads:
- Environmental education and information,
- Bathing water quality
- Safety and services at the beaches
- Environment management and conservation
Indian Sites under Blue Flag: There are now total of 10 sites under Blue Flag Certification. These are Shivrajpur – Gujarat, Ghoghla – Diu, Kaskarkod and Padubidri – Karnataka, Kappad – Kerala, Rushikonda – Andhra Pradesh, Golden – Odisha, Radhanagar – Andaman and Nicobar, Kovalam – TamilNadu and Eden beach in Puducherry.
What is the Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services (BEAMS) Initiative?
The BEAMS Initiative was launched by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change under the ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management) project.
Objectives: The objectives of the BEAMS Initiative is to abate pollution in coastal waters, promote sustainable development of beach facilities, protect & conserve coastal ecosystems & natural resources.
The other objectives include strive and maintain high standards of cleanliness, Hygiene & safety for beachgoers in accordance with coastal environment & regulations.
Source: This post is based on the article “Two more Indian Beaches get coveted International Blue Flag Certification” published in PIB on 22nd September 2021.