“We educate to protect. To protect not just our environment but the people who live in it, the communities who depend on it, the businesses who profit from it and the ecosystems which rely on it!”
— Sophie Bachet Granados

A world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe, the Blue Flag programme is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Environmental Education and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. In order to qualify for this prestigious award, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria must be met and maintained. Through close collaboration with our members on any and all issues they may have, the Foundation for Environmental Education works tirelessly to ensure the programme's expansion, and that the unrivalled standards of the Blue Flag are maintained internationally.

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Central to the ideals of the Blue Flag programme is the aim of connecting the public with their surroundings and encouraging them to learn more about their environment.


Informing visitors about the site they are visiting is an essential part of the Blue Flag programme. This allows people to easily navigate the area and to learn a little more about the indigenous flora and fauna.


Stringent criteria and regular spot checks help to ensure the compliance of Blue Flag sites, which are also subject to comprehensive audits.


Appropriate local organisations are selected to implement and enforce the necessary criteria and thereby ensure a consistency of the standards which make the Blue Flag award so trustworthy and valuable.


Safety measures must be in place at all times, to ensure the staff, public and environnement remain safe.

Blue flag and the sustainable development goals


Through its work, Blue Flag contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals. Click here to know more about it and find out how the concrete work of our member countries helps advancing the SDGs.