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Kovalam Beach of Kerala.
Two beaches of the country have got ‘Blue Flag’ certificate. These include Kovalam in Kerala and Eden Beach in Puducherry. Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav has announced this on social media. So far, the number of beaches in India to have received the Blue Flag has gone up to 10. Eight beaches in the country got the ‘Blue Flag’ certificate last year.
What is Blue Flag Certificate, which beaches of the country have got this certificate till now and what is the meaning of this achievement for the country, know the answers to these questions…
What is ‘Blue Flag’ certificate?
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a Danish organization, works to give ‘Blue Flag’ certificates to beaches. It is a kind of eco-label and is recognized worldwide. The beaches that get this certificate are tested at many levels, only after that the certificate is given.
How is the Blue Flag Certificate issued?
Before awarding this certificate to a beach, the organization examines it on the basis of 33 stringent criteria. Beaches that meet 33 standards such as environment, bathing water quality, environmental management, beach safety and services get this certificate.
What is the meaning of this certificate?
Its biggest advantage is related to eco-tourism. Traveling tourists can know from the Blue Flag which beaches in the country are best for visiting or spending time. Where they can get clean water, safe and healthy environment for bathing. It also plays a role in improving the economy of the country in terms of tourists.
How did this become possible?
The ‘I’m Saving My Beach’ campaign was started by the Ministry of Environment on the occasion of World Environment Day on 5 June 2018 to clean the beaches. This campaign was started in 13 coastal states of the country. After cleaning the beaches through this campaign, the situation got better than before and the country achieved this achievement.
This is the area developed for the tourists in and around Eden Beach of Puducherry.
These 8 beaches got ‘Blue Flag’ in 2020
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