The Blue Flag programme is a global initiative of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to protect and develop beaches and marinas around the world in an environmentally-friendly manner. It is a voluntary and internationally recognised eco-label which has been awarded to more than 4000 beaches and marinas across 48 different countries, from the tropical shores of the Caribbean islands to the rugged cliffs of New Zealand. The programme is highly respected globally for its strict criteria pertaining to water quality, safety and services, environmental education and environmental management; and for its periodical spot-checks on Blue Flag sites. In order for beaches and marinas to be considered for the prestigious Blue Flag award, strict criteria must be met in the following key areas:
• Recreational water quality
• Environmental education
• Environmental management
• Safety and services
Beaches and marinas have a different set of criteria to meet and are reviewed every season to ensure standards are adhered to and maintained.