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India - India wants more Blue Flag beaches, set to identify 20 sites for the voluntary eco-label

Modi govt identified 13 pilot beaches in July 2019 for voluntary eco-label Blue Flag. Ten of these sites are likely to be sent for certification soon.

To control pollution in coastal beaches, the Union environment ministry has decided to expand its programme of identifying Indian beaches for Blue Flag Certification and is likely to select an additional 20 sites for development this year.

Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to “beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators”. Denmark-based non-profit Foundation for Environment Education (FEE) awards the trademarked label.

The certification is given if a beach meets 33 stringent criteria under four major heads — environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environment management and conservation and safety and services.

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