30 years of Blue Flag in The Netherlands

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In 1987, 1 marina at the Wadden Island of Terschelling and the beaches of Noordwijk, Wadden Island Ameland, Veere and Westenschouwen received the first Blue Flag as the Blue Flag campaign started that year in The Netherlands.

Now, 30 years later, these locations have still Blue Flag, 30 years after each other. But the program increased in the Netherlands to 182 locations. 122 marina's, 8 inland beaches and 52 beaches at the Dutch North Sea coast.

At 18 May the municipality of The Hague hosted the 30st launch of Blue Flag in The Nehterlands. Al the Blue Flags from 1987 to 2017 waved at the pooles on the beach (thanks to the Blue Flag collegues of Portugal). A lot of school children helped to open the 2017 Blue Flag season by digging in the sand of the beach. They found the largest Blue Flag of the world and spread this big flag out over the beach.

The Blue Flag certificates were reached out to the beach and marina managers at the Olympic Top Sailing Centre at the Yachtclub Scheveningen.

 

 

The Blue Flag Mediterranean week: Caring for the sea that unites us

Cross Mediterranean countries Blue Flag Beach cleanups week under the international "clean seas" to start between 3-10 July.

13 countries around the Mediterranean are involved in an international campaign for protecting the marine environment "The Blue Flag Mediterranean week".

In the first week of July, beach clean ups will be organized in order to raise awareness in the public for protecting the shore and the marine environment. The initiative started from the idea that environment have no boundaries and the litter that thrown in one side of the Mediterranean will easily reach the other side. The organizations joined the clean up under the slogan "Caring for the sea that unite us"

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"Sun Eco" service station in Lithuania

In the beginning of the bathing season an „Sun Eco" public service station was installed at the 1st Smiltyne beach (Klaipeda region). "Sun Eco“- is a multifunctional mobile device, which uses solar energy.  The following facilities of the station are provided to the beach visitors:
* air compressor for pumping bikes tires and a fan to inflate water toys, water mattresses, game balls;
* charging facility for mobile devices as phones, computers, GPS devices;
* free Wi-Fi internet access;

* "Call“ button for disabled people,  to invite a lifeguard for assistance.

"Sun Eco“ station can be adapted according to the season. The station can be used on the beaches, various popular touristic places, parks, for example, it can be installed during winter time as well, on a sledge on the frozen water pond. If climate conditions allow, station with wind power plant can be also used. 

30 years of the Blue Flag programme in Denmark

The Danish Outdoor Council hoisted the first Blue Flags in Denmark in the year of 1987. A total of 19 beaches were awarded that year. Out of the 19 beaches, one beach has managed to hoist the Blue Flag for 30 consecutive years. The beach is called Vedersø Klit and is situated in a dune landscape at the Danish Westcoast in Ringkoebing-Skjern Municipality. Maintaining the Blue Flag standard for 30 consecutive years is an outstanding achievement that called for a celebration on site.

On June 5th The Danish Outdoor Council and Ringkoebing-Skjern municipality had a 30 year Blue Flag celebration on the beach with speaches from the chairman of the Danish Outdoor Council and the chairman of the environmental board of the municipality. The 30 year anniversary flag was hoisted to start the event. Two nature guides conducted different environmental educational activities through out the event and local outdoor organizations had information about coastal recreational activities. The Blue Flag was hoisted and saluted by 8 black powder cannons. The last part of the event consisted of liter picking on the beach with food and something to drink for the litter pickers after a job well done.

Vedersø Klit is also one of the pilot beaches that has tested the sea bin idea this winter, and the idea has worked really well. The municipality has now decided to implement seabins at all their beaches. Thanks to Netherlands and France for the inspiration!