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Two beaches in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry get coveted International Blue Flag Certification

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International Blue Flag Certification

International Blue Flag Certification: The coveted International eco-label “Blue Flag”, has been accorded the Blue Flag Certification for 2 new Indian beaches.

Highlights:

  • The beaches are Eden in Puducherry and Kovalam in Tamil Nadu.

Note: The Blue Flag certification is accorded by the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE), Denmark.

  • The FEE, Denmark has also given re-certification for eight nominated beaches – Shivrajpur-Gujarat, Ghoghla-Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri-Karnataka, Kappad-Kerala, Rushikonda- Andhra Pradesh, Golden-Odisha and Radhanagar- Andaman and Nicobar, which were awarded the Blue Flag certificate in 2020.
  • These eight beaches had got the Blue Flag certification on October 6, 2020.

Background:

  • The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in its pursuit of “Sustainable Development” of the coastal regions of India embarked upon a highly acclaimed & flagship program Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services (BEAMS).
  • India had started its journey of sustainable development of coastal regions on World Environment Day in June 2018.

About BEAMS:

  • BEAMS is one of the initiatives under Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) approach  that the MoEF&CC has undertaken for the sustainable development of coastal  regions of India.
  • Its prime objective to protect and conserve the pristine coastal and marine ecosystems through  holistic management of the resources.
  • This was aimed for achieving the globally recognized and the coveted International eco-label “Blue Flag”.

Objectives of BEAM:

  • The objective of BEAMS program is to abate pollution in coastal waters, promote sustainable development of beach facilities, protect & conserve coastal ecosystems & natural resources, and seriously challenge local authorities & stakeholders to strive and maintain high standards of cleanliness, hygiene & safety for beachgoers in accordance with coastal environment & regulations.

Achievements:

  • The MoEF&CC, in the last three years, have achieved commendable results in environmental management of these 10 beaches and some of them are enumerated below:
  • Sand dune restoration and nourishment of 95,000 Sqm (approx.) with native plantation.
  • Reduction in marine litter by 85 % and 78% in marine plastic in last 3 years.
  • Scientific & responsible disposal of 750 tonnes of marine litter.
  • Improvement in cleanliness level from “C” (poor) to “A++(outstanding) through scientific measurement system
  • Saving of 1100 ML/year of municipal water through recycling
  • 3 years’ database on regular testing of bathing water quality (physical, chemical and biological contamination) and health risk monitoring.
  • Approx. 1,25,000 beach goers are educated for responsible behaviour in the beaches
  • Increase in footfall for recreation activities by approx. 80% leading to economic development.
  • Alternate livelihood opportunities for 500 fishermen families through pollution abatement, safety & services.
  • The Ministry is further committed to develop and deliver 100 more beaches under its ICZM initiative in the ensuing 5 years of Ministry’s vision agenda.

About Blue Flag Certification:

  • Blue Flag certification is a globally recognized eco-label accorded on the basis of 33 stringent criteria in four major heads which are:
  • Environmental education and information
  • Bathing water quality
  • Environmental management
  • Conservation and safety and services in the beaches
  • The recommendations are done by an independent national jury composed of eminent environmentalists and scientists.
  • Blue Flag beaches are considered the cleanest beaches of the world.
  • The Blue Flag label is accorded by the international jury composed of eminent members –
  • United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP)
  • United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
  • Denmark-based NGO Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

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