Eight beaches spread across five states and two union territories in India have been awarded the ‘Blue Flag’ certification, the environment ministry said on Sunday.

The eight beaches that have received the international ‘Blue Flag’ certification are Shivrajpur (Dwarka-Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Kappad (Kerala), Rushikonda (AP), Golden (Puri-Odisha) and Radhanagar (A&N Islands).

The ‘Blue Flag’ certification was awarded to the eight Indian beaches by an international jury, comprising members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

The Blue Flag certification is a globally recognised eco-label, accorded by Foundation for Environment Education (FEE), Denmark.
This certification is granted based on 33 criteria under four heads — (i) environmental education and information, (ii) bathing water quality, (iii) environment management and conservation, and (iv) safety and services at the beaches.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the Blue Flag certification for eight beaches as a ‘wonderful feat’, saying it showcases the importance India attaches to protecting such spots and furthering sustainable development.

Terming it a proud moment for India, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the ‘Blue Flag’ certification is also a global recognition of India’s conservation and sustainable development efforts.

“India is also the first country in “Asia-Pacific” region which has achieved this feat in just about 2 years’ time,” Shri Javadekar further stated in another tweet.

Inputs included from India today.

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