Kovalam and Eden beaches get Blue Flag certificate

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Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav announced that India now has 10 International Blue Flag beaches with the addition of Kovalam and Eden beaches this year and recertification for 8 beaches which got the tag last year. In a tweet, Mr Yadav said, it is another milestone in the journey towards a clean and green India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


What are International Blue Flag Beaches?

  • Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-labels awarded to beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators on in simple words , in order to qualify for the Blue Flag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained.

  • The Blue Flag Programme for beaches and marinas is run by the international, non-governmental, non-profitable organisation The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)

  • The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) was established in France in 1985.


Key Points

The ten beaches are:

  • Shivrajpur in Gujarat,

  • Ghoghla in Daman & Diu,

  • Kasarkod and Padubidri beach in Karnataka,

  • Kappad in Kerala,

  • Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh,

  • Golden beach of Odisha and

  • Radhanagar beach in Andaman and Nicobar,

  • Kovalam in Tamil Nadu,

  • Eden in Punducherry.

Source: AIR and RamanIAS Output 

GS-3: Convention, Environmental Pollution and Degradation.