Efforts related to the environment are increasing worldwide. This is also happening in India. It has become the first country in the world, whose eight beaches have got ‘Blue Flag’ certificate in the first attempt.
The Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar has described the Blue Flag certificate received on 8 beaches of India located in five states and two union territories of the country. The decision to award the certificate was made by the International Judging Committee, whose distinguished members include UNEP, UANWTO, FEE, IUCN.
Following beaches have been awarded with ‘Blue Flag’:
Kasarakod and Padubidri (Karnataka)
Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh)
Radha Nagar ( Andaman and Nicobar Islands).
The Blue Flag Certificate is given by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), an environmentally friendly organization. Since 1987, these certificates are being given and since then Spain has remained in the first place. This certificate is given to keep the place built in the middle or around the water clean and safe and to spread awareness among people.
India bagged the third prize which was given by International Jury Committee for ‘International Best Practices’ for pollution control of coastal areas.
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said in his message, “This is an outstanding achievement. There has been no other country which has been awarded for 8 beaches in its first attempt. It is India’s conservation and sustainable It also provides global recognition for development efforts. ” Javadekar said, “India is the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve this feat in just 2 years time.”
Japan, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates-UAE are the other Asian nations to have been awarded the Blue Flag for two beaches, and that too in about 5 to 6 years. India is now included in the group of 50 ‘blue flag’ countries. It is being planned to receive Blue Flag honors for 100 such beaches in the country in the next five years.