Institutional Partners

The Foundation for Environmental Education, managing Blue Flag, is partnered by some of the world's foremost organisations in the fields of education and the environment. These illustrious partners include UNESCO, UNEP, UNWTO, ISESCO, YMP and Earth Charter.

Recognised by UNESCO as a world-leader within the fields of Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development, our strength comes from our members who share our convictions and execute our programmes with great efficiency on a daily basis. Hand-picked by FEE for their dedication  and outstanding ability, it is these local organisations who make FEE the community-focused entity that it is today.

The Foundation for Environmental Education has a signed Memorandum of Understanding with UNESCO, UNEP, ISESCO and, most recently, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) which recognises the innate value of the hospitality and tourism sustainability initiatives introduced to the Caribbean by FEE through the Green Key and Blue Flag programmes.

Below are Blue Flag's main institutional partners:


European Environment Agency (EEA)

EEA is an important partner to Blue Flag for the exchange of information and the implementation of excellent bathing water policies. 

EEA is participating in the International Blue Flag Jury.


European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) 

ENAT is a non-profit association with a global membership base, working with the public sector, the tourism industry and NGOs to ensure universally accessible and inclusive tourism opportunities for all visitors. ENAT and Blue Flag have signed an official Memorandum of Understanding and ENAT is participating in the Blue Flag Jury, contributing its expertise on accessibility policies, standards and best practice. 


The Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC)

EUCC is an important partner to Blue Flag for the exchange of information on coastal and management issues. EUCC is participating in the International Blue Flag Jury.


International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA)

ICOMIA is the international trade association representing the global marine industry since 1966.

ICOMIA brings together national marine industry associations in one global organisation and represents them at an international level, presenting a strong and united voice when dealing with issues challenging the industry.


International Lifesaving Federation (ILS)

ILS is a key partner to Blue Flag regarding lifesaving issues. In 2010, ILS and FEE signed an official Memorandum of Understanding.


International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

IUCN is an important expert for Blue Flag regarding the conservation and marine protected areas sites working on the programme.


United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

UNEP is a very important partner to Blue Flag in the promotion of sustainable development through environmental education. In 2003, UNEP and FEE signed an official Memorandum of Understanding  stating that UNEP and FEE will collaborate on all relevant areas of common interest related to environmental education on prioritised issues and programmes.


United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

UNWTO is a very important partner to Blue Flag in the promotion of sustainable tourism. In 2007, UNWTO and FEE signed an official Memorandum of Understanding recognising the Blue Flag and Green Key FEE programmes as valuable eco-labels. As part of the agreement, UNWTO and FEE will facilitate mutual dialogue and involvement, advise on technical matters and work on joint fundraising and activities.  


World Cetacean Alliance (WCA)

WCA is the world’s largest Partnership working to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans). Through cooperation, the partners of the WCA aim to conserve and protect cetaceans and their habitats in the world’s oceans, seas and rivers, to ensure their continued health and survival.

The WCA is developing and implementing new concepts for responsible whale and dolphin watching with the potential to inspire and educate millions of people.

They believe that local communities hold the key to protecting cetaceans and their habitats, supported by grass-roots organisations, knowledgeable individuals, and ecotourism experts.