Guwahati: Eight beaches of India, spread across five states and two inion territories, have been awarded the “Blue Flag” by an International Jury comprising of eminent members viz UNEP, UNWTO, FEE, IUCN etc.
The beached that have been awarded are Shivrajpur (Dwarka-Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Kappad (Kerala), Rushikonda (AP), Golden (Puri-Odisha) and Radhanagar (A&N Islands).
India has also been awarded a 3rd Prize by the International Jury under the “International Best Practices” for pollution control in coastal regions.
“It is an outstanding feat considering that no ‘BLUE FLAG’ nation has ever been awarded for 8 beaches in a single attempt,” Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said in a tweet message adding “This is also a global recognition of India’s conservation and sustainable development efforts.”
“India is also the first country in “Asia-Pacific” region which has achieved this feat in just about 2 years’ time,” Javadekar further stated in another tweet.
India began its journey in 2018 for development of pilot beaches (one each in coastal states/UTs) and presented the first set of eight beaches for the certification for the ensuing tourist season 2020.
Blue Flag certification is a globally recognised eco-label accorded by an international agency ”Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark” based on 33 stringent criteria in four major heads–environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environment management and conservation and safety and services in the beaches.
The ”Blue Flag” beach is an eco-tourism model endeavoring to provide the tourists/beachgoers clean and hygienic bathing water, facilities/amenities, safe and healthy environment and sustainable development of the area.