From 15 to 17 November, Sophie Bachet Granados, Blue Flag International Director, attended the METS, international boat fair in Amsterdam and the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference.
Over 40 participants attended the two-days meeting and enjoyed excursions to Blue Flag beaches, marina and ecotourism activities in beautiful Puerto Rico.
The annual Blue Flag Awards celebrated the sustained partnerships that WESSA has built with key municipalities as well as committed private entities around the country. These Municipalities and private entities have recognised the value of Blue Flag not only to environmental management and education, but also to tourism, economic development and job creation.
More than 120 sites were awarded the world’s leading eco-label for the 2016-2017 season by the Blue Flag International Jury
The Shark Friendly Marinas Initiative aims to severely reduce shark mortality and save tens of thousands of sharks per year along the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts by prohibiting the landing of any shark at participating marinas.
The Responsible Pet Ownership project was one of five environmental outreach activities completed by the TDC in order to maintain the Las Cuevas beach facility’s Blue Flag status.
The first Russian Blue Flag beach is located in the Jantarny village, Kaliningrad region, and stretches along the coast of the Baltic Sea over 300 meters with fine white sand.
For the year 2016, 120 technical managers responsible for the management of beaches within 25 wilayas and prefectures (locals’ authorities) and over 55 coastal municipalities have been trained in beach management.
For testing the feasibility of Blue Flag’s new criteria for sustainable boating tourism operators, Vincent Shacks, Blue Flag National Operator in South Africa visited a shark cage diving tour operator in False Bay. Although the encounter with the Great White Sharks was the highlight of his tour, the professional insights he gained into the industry were of equal value for him.
The International Blue Flag Awards have recognised ten of Northern Ireland’s beaches as “world class” for their facilities and water quality. The new Minister for Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Affairs, Michelle McIlveen, attended the ceremony as her first public event.
Las Cuevas Beach, located on the north coast of Trinidad, is the only Blue Flag certified beach in the southern English-speaking Caribbean since January 2015 and an important turtle nesting ground in the Caribbean.
Blue flag international announcements 2016 in Greece - thank you HSPN for the wonderful ceremony, and well done to all the 2016 awarded sites! Great work, as always!
More than 4000 sites were awarded the world’s leading eco-label for the 2016 season by the Blue Flag International Jury on 13th April in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In April 2016, for the first time, the Blue Flag International Jury will award tour operators in marine tourism. With the help of an expert working party, the world’s leading eco-label has devised new criteria for boat-based tourism activities.
The idea to certify businesses that care for the needs of their customers as well as for the environment was welcomed by Blue Flag’s National Operators worldwide.
In 2016, Blue Flag South Africa will be partnering with the South African National Department of Tourism on a three year project which will focus on improving services and adherence to the Blue Flag criteria by employing 200 community members from low income households
St. Maarten held its annual Blue Flag ceremony in December, honouring the achievements of the awarded sites and their committment to the Blue Flag programme in the past years.
Blue Flag International has been taking part in the OPERAs project in the past three years, and provides a user point of view towards marine environment and environmental education.
In November, Catarina Goncalves and Fatima Viera from ABAE, the FEE national organisation in Portugal, presented, on behalf of Blue Flag International, the Foundation for Environmental Education and the Blue Flag programme at several seminars in Cabo Verde!
Two Japaneese municipalities, Kamakura and Takahama, are working hard towards obtaining the Blue Flag for 2016. For the first time they met to exchange experiences and discuss with the Blue Flag National Operator and the Blue Flag International Director.
Born from a French idea in 1985, Blue Flag turned 30 this year in its mother country! French municipalities came to this special anniversary event, to receive their flag and to exchange ideas amongst each other.
Blue Flag International partnered with Aethic the skincare company that produces Sôvée sunscreen - world's only sunscreen to have a patented ecocompatible formula.
More than 4000 sites were awarded the world’s leading eco-label for the 2015 season by the Blue Flag International Jury on 9 April in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Rising living standard costs limited nature resource - an increasing pressure and crisis worldwide.