‘Blue Flag’ tag
Why in news?
Two more Indian beaches Minicoy Thundi beach and Kadmat beach, both in Lakshadweep have been accorded the coveted International eco-label ‘Blue Flag’, taking India’s tally to 12 in the list of the world’s cleanest and most eco-friendly “beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators”
- Both the beaches comply with all the 33 criteria as mandated by the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE).
- The other Indian beaches in the blue list are Shivrajpur-Gujarat, Ghoghla-Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri-Karnataka, Kappad-Kerala, Rushikonda- Andhra Pradesh, Golden-Odisha, Radhanagar- Andaman and Nicobar, Kovalam in Tamil Nadu and Eden in Puducherry
- The Chandrabhaga beach on the Konark coast of Odisha has become Asia’s first beach to get the Blue Flag certification
The Thundi Beach
- It is one of the most pristine and picturesque beaches in the Lakshadweep archipelago where white sand is lined by the turquoise blue water of the lagoon
- It is situated at a distance of Cochin and boasts of a huge lagoon, long sandy stretches and huge coral growth, among other attractions.
- The Kadmat Beach is especially popular with cruise tourists who visit the island for water sports.
What is Blue flag certification?
- It is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that a beach, marina, or sustainable boating tourism operator meets its standards.
- The Blue Flag is a trademark owned by FEE, which is a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation consisting of 65 organisations in 60 member countries.
- Criteria include standards for quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services and general environmental management criteria.