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It is really delightful news to reveal that the eight Indian beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag. An international jury comprising representatives from the UN Environment Programme, UNWTO, Foundation of Environment Education and International Union for Conservation of Nature stated this news.

Fortunately, all the 8 beaches of India that had been struggling for the Blue Flag certification have been honoured the coveted international eco-label.

Ghoghla (Diu), Rushikonda (AP), Golden (Odisha), Radhanagar (Andaman & Nicobar Islands), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Kappad (Kerala), and Shivrajpur (Gujarat) are the names of eight beaches, spread across five states and two union territories.

Besides, under the International Best Practices’ for pollution control in coastal regions, India was honoured with a third prize by the international jury. After this achievement, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change stated in a tweet, “It is a marvellous feat supposing that no Blue Flag nation has ever been awarded for 8 beaches in a single attempt”. Further, he said, “This is also a global recognition of conservation and sustainable development efforts of India.”

Javadekar further said in another tweet, “India is the first country in Asia-Pacific area which has accomplished this feat within two years’ time.” With this accomplishment, this country is now included in the league of 50 Blue Flag countries and the ministry plans to take this count to 100 beaches just in the next five years.

The Blue Flag Global site reveals the mission of Blue Flag, accorded via the Foundation of Environment Education, FEE Denmark, as an initiative to “sell sustainability within the tourism sector,  via environmental protection, environmental education and other sustainable improvement practices at the time when the owners/operators of seashores, marinas and boats have presented the right to show the Blue Flag, it is due to the fact they have got happy FEE that they complied at the time of award with some of stringent environmental, instructional, protection and accessibility standards.”

In addition, it further expresses, “Following the award, the operators or owners be given complete obligation to make sure endured compliance with all of those criteria. However, FEE may also in process of sites checking from time to time, neither FEE nor any of its officials, contributors or jury participants accept any obligation to anyone in the event of any non-compliance.”

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