Two Indian beaches, Minicoy Thundi beach and Kadmat beach, located in Lakshadweep, have received the International eco-label ‘Blue Flag’.
- With the new additions, the number of beaches certified under the Blue Flag Certification is twelve.
- The other Indian beaches in the blue list are Shivrajpur-Gujarat, Ghoghla-Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri-Karnataka, Kappad-Kerala, Rushikonda- Andhra Pradesh, Golden-Odisha, Radhanagar- Andaman and Nicobar, Kovalam in Tamil Nadu and Eden in Puducherry beaches.
About the Blue Flag’ certification –
- The Blue Flag programme was started in France in 1985 and in areas out of Europe in 2001. It promotes sustainable development in freshwater and marine areas through four main criteria: water quality, environmental management, environmental education and safety.
- It 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 (FEE). It is awarded annually to beaches and marinas in FEE member countries.
- Forty-eight countries currently participate in the program, and 5042 beaches, marinas, and boats have this certification.