Blue Flag Certification: India Becomes First Nation to be Awarded for Eight Indian beaches

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Indian Beach
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On October 11, Eight Indian beaches got an International Blue Flag Certification said Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. 

He also tweeted that it is a proud moment for India and the government had recommended 8 Indian beaches for the International Blue Flag Certification. This is a huge achievement as no other nation has ever been awarded a BLUE FLAG for 8 beaches in the first attempt. 

On September 18 the government had recommended eight beaches for the coveted international eco-label.

India has also been awarded the 3rd prize under the ‘International Best Practices’ for pollution control in coastal regions by the International Jury.

Following are the 8 beaches that have been awarded the Blue Flag: 

  • Shivrajpur (Gujarat), 
  • Ghoghla (Diu), 
  • Kasarkod (Karnataka),
  • Padubidri (Karnataka), 
  • Kappad (Kerala), 
  • Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh), 
  • Golden (Odisha), 
  • Radhanagar (Andaman & Nicobar Islands).

It has been awarded by an International Jury covering prominent members like the World Tourism Organization, United Nations Environment Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Foundation for Environmental Education.

Other Asian nations that have a couple of Blue Flag beaches are UAE, Japan and South Korea that in a time frame of more than 5-6 years.

India is promptly in the class of 50 ‘BLUE FLAG’ countries and is proposing to get this mission ahead to 100 such beaches in the next five years for the country.

The Blue Flag is certification regarding a beach, sustainable boating tourism operator or marina meets its criteria.

A Blue Flag beach is an ecotourism guide striving to give the tourists or beachgoers sanitary and clean bathing water, amenities, healthy and safe surroundings and sustainable growth of the area.

The suggestions are made by an autonomous national jury involving prominent scientists and environmentalists.

Blue Flag beaches are rated the most immaculate beaches in the world, as said by the ministry earlier.