The Environment Ministry in India has informed that eight beaches in the country have been awarded with the prestigious Blue Flag certification that is globally recognised.
Calling it a proud moment for the country, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the prestigious certification is a global recognition of India’s efforts towards conservation and sustainable development.
Accorded by “Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark”, the Blue Flag certification is a globally recognised eco-label based on 33 stringent criteria under four major heads – environmental education and information, safety and services at the beaches, bathing water quality, and environment management and conservation.
Kasarkod and Padubidri in Karnataka, Shivrajpur in Gujarat, Ghoghla in Diu, Kappad in Kerala, Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh, Golden in Odisha and Radhanagar in Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the beaches that have been awarded the certification by an international jury comprising of eminent members of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Denmark-based NGO Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
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