Environmental Education and Information
Information about coastal zone eco-systems and nearby sensitive areas must be displayed
Information about bathing water quality must be posted.
A code of conduct for the beach area must be displayed.
A minimum of 5 environmental education activities must be offered Water Quality.
Compliance with standards for excellent bathing water quality.
No industrial or sewage related discharges may affect the beach area .
Compliance of the community with requirements for sewage treatment and effluent quality.
1.The beach must be clean.
2.Camping and driving must be regulated.
3.A beach management committee must be established to be in charge of the environmental management system.
Safety and Services
1.Lifeguards and/or lifesaving equipment must be available at the beach.
2.A map of the beach indicating different facilities must be displayed.
3.An emergency plan to cope with pollution safety risks must be in place.
Control visits are made during the Blue Flag season by both national and international controllers to assure that all criteria are met. If problems are found the flag is withdrawn until these are fixed. If the problem is very serious or if it is not fixed within a given period of time, the flag is withdrawn for the rest of the season. The public is also encouraged to report any problems about Blue Flag beaches and marinas to the national and international Blue Flag contacts.
Developing the Blue Flag Programme
At the start of the Blue Flag Programme, a national information workshop must be held. Also a National Blue Flag Committee must be established, consisting of representatives from the national water-, tourism-, education- and environmental authorities. Other relevant experts and interest groups such as beach/marina associations and recreational groups should also be a part of the committee.
The National Blue Flag Committee will review the international criteria and identify how they fit with their local legislation and situation. They will then choose one or more beaches or marinas to become the first Blue Flag pilot sites. These first pilot sites will serve as learning opportunities and examples for other beaches and marinas in the country. Once the pilot sites have successfully completed a season and they show to be in full compliance with the Blue Flag criteria, they can apply for the full Blue Flag status.
Each Blue Flag marina and beach are required to carry out three or five environmental education activities respectively. These activities should target different groups such as tourists, boat owners, staff, children or local populations. The activities can vary from drawing competitions to clean-up days, seminars, guided nature walks, publications etc
For more information on the Blue Flag programme, please contact us at:
Eng. Moaz Sawaf
Ms. Fatima Mubarak
Environmental Center for Arab Towns