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2017/18 BLUE FLAG STATUS AWARDED TO 62 OF SA’S TOP BEACHES, SUSTAINABLE TOURISM BOATS AND MARINAS

Says Vincent Shacks, WESSA Ecotourism Manager: “Blue Flag is an excellent example of what is achievable when the government, both local and national, partner with civil society. The programme encourages adherence to very high, international standards for beaches, boats and marinas."

Blue Flag launch 2017Blue Flag is a  world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe

The Blue Flag Programme, now in its 30th year, is focused on the conservation of marine and coastal habitats, and is designed to raise environmental education and awareness, and increase sound environmental practices among tourists, local populations and beach management.

To achieve Blue Flag status, as many as 33 different criteria spanning over four aspects of coastal management must be met and maintained: 

•              Water quality

•              Environmental education and information

•              Environmental management

•              Safety and services.

Each Blue Flag site is compelled to conduct several environmental education activities during the year and to practise effective and efficient conservation management.

In South Africa, the Blue Flag programme is managed by WESSA and participating coastal municipalities. In the Southern Hemisphere, the Blue Flag season runs from 1 November to 31 October each year. Beaches are required to apply for Blue Flag status each year and the Blue Flag standards are only enforced at the beaches over the participating beach’s stated season, which varies from just two months of the year to the full 12 months.

The Blue Flag programme is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Environmental Education and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. The criteria are set by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).

Through close collaboration with their members on all issues, the Foundation for Environmental Education works to ensure the programme's expansion, and that the unrivalled standards of the Blue Flag are maintained internationally. The detailed criteria and award process is available on Blue Flag’s international website

www.blueflag.global

 

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