Seashores in India
Blue Flag certification is a globally recognized eco-label accorded on the premise of 33 stringent standards in 4 essential heads that are environmental schooling and information, bathing water quality, environmental management, and conservation and protection and offerings withinside the beaches. Two greater seashores in India were awarded “Blue Flag '' certification, an worldwide eco-stage tag, taking the entire quantity of such seashores withinside the united states to 10, the Environment Ministry stated on Tuesday. The two beaches to receive the certification this year are Kovalam in Tamil Nadu and Eden in Puducherry.
The Foundation for Environment Education (FEE), Denmark, which accords the Blue Flag certification, has additionally given re-certification for 8 nominated seashores – Shivrajpur-Gujarat, Ghoghla-Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri-Karnataka, Kappad-Kerala, Rushikonda- Andhra Pradesh, Golden-Odisha and Radhanagar- Andaman and Nicobar, which had been provided the Blue Flag certificates closing year, the ministry stated.
These 8 seashores were given the Blue Flag certification on October 6, 2020. Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav expressed happiness over the improvement and stated it’s miles every other milestone in India’s adventure in the direction of an easy and inexperienced India led through Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Happy to announce India now has 10 International Blue Flag beaches with the addition of Kovalam & Eden beaches this year and recertification for 8 beaches which got the tag in 2020. Another milestone in our journey towards a clean and green India led by PM Shri @NarendraModi Ji,” Yadav tweeted.
The Blue Flag seashore is an eco-tourism version endeavouring to offer the tourists/beachgoers smooth and hygienic bathing water, facilities, a secure and healthful surroundings and sustainable improvement of the area. The Blue Flag label is accorded via way of means of the worldwide jury composed of eminent members – United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP), United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Denmark-primarily based totally NGO Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
“In the last three years or so, our ministry has achieved commendable results in the environmental management of these 10 beaches which include sand dune restoration and nourishment of 95,000 sqm (approx.) with native plantation; reduction in marine litter by 85 per cent and marine plastic by 78 per cent in the last three years; scientific and responsible disposal of 750 tonnes of marine litter; improvement in cleanliness level from ‘C’ (poor) to ‘A’ (outstanding) through scientific measurement system,” the statement said.
“The Ministry of Environment, in its pursuit of sustainable development of the coastal regions of India, embarked upon a highly acclaimed and flagship programme BEAMS, which is one of the initiatives under its integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) approach that the ministry has undertaken for the sustainable development of coastal regions of India, with a prime objective to protect and conserve the pristine coastal and marine ecosystems through holistic management of the resources,” the ministry said in a statement issued here on Tuesday.
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