If you are a beach or marina lover, you may noticed recently the word “Blue Flag”and it will not be surprising that the first thing come to your mind what is Blue Flag? The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to approximately 50,000 beaches and marinas in 46 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada United Arab Emirates and the Caribbean.
The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing
with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety
and Other Services. The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation
the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
The award of a Blue Flag beach is based on compliance
with 32 criteria covering the aspects of:
1. Environmental Education and Information
2. Water Quality
3. Environmental Management
4. Safety and Services
For the water quality, the beach must sample the water once a month and the results should comply
with the Blue Flag standards that ensure the water is safe for swimming, which means when you go to a
Blue Flag beach you know the water is safe. As for safety, the beach should have safety standards,
like lifeguards, first aid, emergency plan, clean toilets, shower, drinking water, well posted sign boards,
separate rubbish bins for recycling.
The beach must also raise awareness on the importance of marine life and how it should be
protected and saved. Also the beach must hold five environmental education activities for the public, so
if we say we have 20 Blue Flag beaches, this mean 100 environmental awareness activity.