The idea is simple: you collect the cigarette butts that you find in nature and fill a bottle with them. This challenge has spread to the Blue Flag beaches.
In Cres, Camp Kovačine raises its guests’ awareness about environmental protection thanks to interactive activities suitable for both kids and their parents.
People with disabilities can now easily find out if they can get access to the 4,500 Blue Flag beaches, marinas or boating tourism operators through a new partnership with Wheelmap.org.
The Borough Council of Causeway Coast and Glens, awarded with a number of Blue Flags in the season 2019, has recently launched the ‘H2O on the Go’ project, that aims at fighting plastic pollution in the sea.
On the 60th Anniversary of the creation of the Smurfs, Blue Flag Spain has been chosen to support a ‘smurfs project’ focusing on Sustainable Development Goal number 14 on the sustainable use the oceans, seas and marine resources.
This year, we are happy to announce that South Korea won its first Blue Flag award, thus increasing the presence of Blue Flag in Asia.
Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development as the National Operator of the Blue Flag programme in Serbia, has been invited by the organization Danube Propeller to present the programme during the 41st International Fair on nautical, hunting and fishing, held in Belgrade in March 2019.
The iconic Blue Flag, the world’s most recognised voluntary eco-label for protecting our coasts, has today signed a new partnership with Total Beach Access which will change the face of beaches worldwide, by increasing accessibility and inclusivity for all, at no cost to the public.
Find out how the Tourism Blue Flag (TBF) project has impacted the lives of the 200 youth who are enrolled in it. Empowerment and education are some of the tools that helped the youth grow substantially within this project, and inspire them in their future careers.
Over 60 participants from 43 countries attended the Blue Flag National Operator Meeting 2018 in Zakynthos, Greece.
Read more about the 15th anniversary of the programme in Puerto Rico and the Blue Flag local operators meeting in Italy !
On 01-02 October 2018, blue Flag International at the 2nd World Summit on Accessible Tourism.
Blue Flag was represented at the Georgian International Maritime Forum (GIMF) last month by Almila Kindan Cebbari, the Blue Flag National Operator from Turkey. The purpose of the September 10-14 forum was to discuss how to balance essential shipping activities with ocean health and sustainability.
The International Blue Flag Jury meeting took place on 5 September 2018, roughly a year after Hurricane Maria violently hit Puerto Rico and Hurricanes Irma and Jose devastated the Caribbean Islands and parts of the USA in September 2017. Among the countries proudly flying the Blue Flag in the region, Sint Maarten and the US Virgin Islands are still working to reestablish the Blue Flag criteria in the wake of the storms.
The Foundation for Environmental Education, through its Blue Flag certification, long recognised as the global benchmark for sustainable beaches, marinas and boat-based activities around the world, has signed an agreement with ENAT – The European Network for Accessible Tourism non-profit association to work together to promote access for all visitors to beaches, marinas and boat-based activities.
With more than 570 awarded beaches, Spain is the county with the highest amount of Blue Flag awarded sites worldwide. Three of these beaches belong to the municipality of Palafrugell in Girona. Since 2011 they actively participate in the monitoring of nearby Posidonia meadows, leading to many positive developments for local marine species.
Blue Flag International is happy to announce the sites awarded for this coming season 2018. We would like to share stories and pictures from Spain, The Netherlands and Turkey with you.
Blue Flag International is happy to announce the sites awarded for this coming season 2018. We would like to share stories and/or pictures from Italy, Jordan and Slovenia with you.
Beginning of March, Blue Flag International held a presentation on the importance of the international ecolabel for beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators and its different criteria at the international tourism fair ITB in Berlin (Germany).
It's not just another day at the beach! On 26 February, South African Blue Flag National Operator WESSA held an event on Muizenberg beach in Cape Town to present amphibious wheelchairs to four municipal Blue Flag beaches in South Africa.
Blue Flag will be presenting at the IBF Berlin 2018 travel trade show on 7 March during the Pow-Wow for Tourism Professionals.
Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) is the FEE member organisation which runs the Blue Flag programme in Sint Maarten.
Our member organisation in South Africa, WESSA, has organised a ceremony celebrating the new Blue Flag season, which officially started on 1 November this year.
Each year, all Blue Flag National Operators from the network meet to discuss and exchange ideas about the technicalities of the programme, the strategy, best practices and other issues.
The International Blue Flag Jury meeting took place only a few hours before Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico so violently on 19 September 2017, and a few days after Hurricanes Irma and Jose devastated the Caribbean Islands and the USA.
In Puerto Rico, the Marina Puerto del Rey and the companies ‘Sea Ventures Pro Dive Center’, ‘East Island Excursions’ and ‘Bellaventura Inc,’ came together to establish a collection center for first aid kits, food, water, clothing and construction material to deliver to the affected population in these islands.
TransEurope Marinas is an association of over 70 marinas across Europe, with a number of members who have been dedicated followers of the Blue Flag programme for twenty years.
The main beach in Portoroz, a small modern tourist resort close to the Adriatic pearl, the city of Piran, is a sandy beach with the Blue flag. And its sea bottom host very interesting species “Pinna nobilis”, common name the noble pen shell or fan mussel, a large marine bivalve mollusk in the family Pinnidae, the pen shells.
"As we all know climate change is a new challenge that brings global tourism more risks than opportunities, predicts regional, seasonal and product redistribution of tourist flows. Consumer behaviour is changing rapidly; tourists are increasingly looking for green, responsible place. The Blue Flag is a promotional tool by which we can influence these decisions of consumers."