Blue Flag’s global profile consists of cooperation and partnerships between multiple stakeholders from the public, private and NGO sectors at the various levels: at the local level, between the establishments and tourists, suppliers and the local community, and at the national and international level between NGOs, corporate partners, public authorities and ministries, UN entities and other partners are committed to sustainable tourism. Partnerships between these actors are crucial in sharing knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In Japan, it is not as common to have accessibility for all, especially in leisure sites. This is also true for the organisations structures, who often work vertically rather than horizontally, and where different sectors rarely work jointly. Thanks to Blue Flag, partnerships between governments, organisations and municipalities are undertaken, especially when it comes to accessibility matters. The community approach that Blue Flag helps create can be considered very advanced in Japan and is advancing the achievement of the SDGs.
Blue Flag cooperation with research organisations is fundamental to contribute to the SDGs. For example, in New Zealand, a marina is working with the local university to carry on a research on Specialised Coatings Study in the Marine Environment. A testing apparatus has been installed at the marina to determine if various specialised coatings attract marine growth organisms on marine fixtures under the water. Shell fish such as oysters and mussels assist in the cleansing of water by filtering the silt.