The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to over 4000 beaches and marinas in 48 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Jordan, UAE and the Caribbean. Recently the Blue Flag Programme has expanded to offer awards for individual boaters and whale-watching boats.
The Blue Flag Programme promotes sustainable development through strict criteria in the categories of Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services.
Blue Flag beaches and marinas continue to multiply despite toughening criteria. Criteria are updated to keep abreast of new scientific findings, legislation, and generally to keep the campaign participants striving for ever better environmental quality. A few of the issues covered in the criteria include cleanliness, provisions for waste and recycling, zoning of activities, and environmental education activities for a variety of people.
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