Record number of Blue Flag beaches in SA

  • by onRoute
  • Dec 3, 2012
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36 South African beaches have been awarded full international Blue Flag status for 2012.

The internationally recognised beach certification is only awarded to the beaches that meet the eco-label’s stringent standards of excellence. They are required to meet 32 criteria spanning four aspects of coastal management: water quality, environmental education, information and management, safety, services, amenities and cleanliness. The criteria are set by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) in Europe, the international co-ordinators of the programme.

3 850 beaches and marinas in 46 countries across Europe, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean have been awarded, with South Africa being the first country outside of Europe to be given Blue Flag accreditation.

36 South African beaches have been awarded full international Blue Flag status for 2012.

The accreditation is awarded for one season at a time, and if conditions deteriorate at the beach, it can be withdrawn.

In addition to 36 local beaches with full status, this year four marinas and four whale-watching boats also received certification.