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Blue Flag Beaches and Marinas 2019

The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature has announced that, out of a long list of 47 countries, Greece ranked second in the Blue Flag quality awards this year with 515 beaches, 15 marinas and 4 awards for sustainable boating tourism operators. Greece received the 12% of awards among the 47 competing countries, with Halkidiki Regional Unit having collected 92 flags i.e. the majority of awards in Greece.

 



What is the Blue Flag Programme?

The Blue Flag is a programme of environmental awareness and protection which is implemented every year, on a large scale, in European countries and in other parts of the world by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The Blue Flag label is an international symbol of quality and is one of the best known environmental symbols worldwide. It has been awarded since 1987 to beaches and marinas, and since 2017 to boats meeting the strict requirements of the programme. It aims at making beaches, marinas and boat operators better and safer, while at the same time protecting their natural environment, so that we may enjoy them. The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature is Greece’s programme coordinator. It is the oldest conservation organisation in the country and has been active in environmental education and the protection of nature since 1951.


Did you know?

In order to receive a Blue Flag eco-label, a beach must not only be found to have an excellent quality of bathing water, it must also comply with a further 33 criteria (38 for marinas and 51 for boat operators) concerning cleanliness, environmental management, various amenities, environmental education and information, visitor safety, as well as protection of nature, the coast and the coastal area.


Click here to find which Blue Flag 2019 beach you’ll visit this summer!

 

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