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  • 26 October, 2022

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Blue Flag Certification

Blue Flag Certification

Lakshadweep's Minicoy Thundi and Kadmat beaches recently earned the Blue Flag international environmental certification.

Major Points

  • One of the Lakshadweep archipelago's most beautiful and unspoiled beaches is The Thundi Beach.
  • The lagoon's turquoise water is bordered by white sand.
  • Both swimmers and tourists will find it to be a paradise.
  • Popular among cruise visitors who come to the island for water sports is the Kadmat Beach.
  • With its pearl white sand, blue lagoon waters, comfortable climate, and welcoming locals, it is a paradise for nature lovers.
  • Both beaches have personnel assigned to beach upkeep and cleanliness as well as to swimmer security.
  • Both beaches meet all 33 requirements set forth by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

About Blue Flag Certification Programme

  • Started in France in 1985 and in areas outside of Europe in 2001.
  • Globally recognised 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 and
    • Conservation and safety and services in the beaches.
  • The certification is awarded to the cleanest beaches in the world by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

It 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) and
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Indian beaches in the Blue List:

  • 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 Pondicherry.

With the new additions, the number of beaches certified under the Blue Flag Certification is twelve (12).

Read Also: Lakshadweep and environment

Source: The Indian Express


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