The Union Environment Ministry has selected 12
beaches in India to compete for the ‘Blue Flag’ certification.
The 12 beaches include: Shivrajpur (Gujarat),
Bhogave (Maharashtra), Ghoghla (Diu), Miramar (Goa), Kasarkod and Padubidri
(Karnataka), Kappad (Kerala), Eden (Puducherry), Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu),
Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh), Golden (Odisha), and Radhanagar (Andaman &
The Blue Flag certification is given to
environmental- friendly, clean beaches, marinas which are equipped with
amenities of international standards for tourist.
There are 33 environment and tourism-related
conditions for Blue Flag Certification. Few of them include, having proper waste
disposal system, availability of clean water for tourists, disabled friendly
The Blue Flag Programme for beaches and marinas
is run by FEE (the Foundation for Environmental Education) – a Copenhagen based
international, non-governmental, non-profit organisation. The programme was
first started in France in 1985.
Spain has the highest number of Blue Flag beaches,
followed by, Greece and France. Japan and South Korea are the only countries in
Asia to have Blue Flag beaches.
Society of Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM)
under the Union Environment Ministry had conceived an integrated coastal
management scheme named BEAMS (Beach Management Services).
The main objective of BEAMS programme is to
reduce pollutants, promote sustainable development and strive for high
standards in the areas of a) environmental management b) environmental
education c) bathing water quality and d) safety & security services