Eight Indian Beaches recommended for Blue Flag International Eco-Label.

19 September 2020.


On the occasion of the International Coastal Clean –up day, eight beaches of India have been recommended for the prestigious international eco-label, Blue Flag for the first time.It is one of the world’s most recognised voluntary eco-labels awarded to beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators.


  • The announcement was made by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on September 19.
  • The Indian beaches, selected by an independent national jury, are
  • The  Golden Beach (Puri) of Odisha, 
  • Radhanagar Beach in the Andaman island, 
  • Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh,
  •  Kappad in Kerala, 
  • Kasarkod and Padubidri in Karnataka, 
  • Ghogla in Diu, and Shivrajpur in Gujarat.

Blue Flag Certificate:

  • Blue Flag beaches are considered the cleanest beaches of the world.
  • The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised voluntary eco-labels awarded to beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators.
  • In order to qualify for the Blue Flag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained.
  • The Blue Flag Programme for beaches and marinas is run by the international, non-governmental, non-profit organisation FEE (the Foundation for Environmental Education).

  • FEE (the Foundation for Environmental Education) was established in France in 1985.

About BEAMS:

  • On this occasion, India has also launched India’s own eco-label BEAMS (Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services) under ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management) project.
  • This is launched by the Society of Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM) and the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC).

BEAMS aim to:

  • Control  pollution in coastal waters,
  • Promote sustainable development of beach facilities,
  • Protect & conserve coastal ecosystems & natural resources,
  • Strive and maintain high standards of cleanliness,
  • Hygiene & safety for beachgoers in accordance with coastal environment & regulations.

About Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan

  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan (ICZM) is a process for the management of the coast using an integrated approach, regarding all aspects of the coastal zone, including geographical and political boundaries, in an attempt to achieve sustainability.

  • The concept of ICZM was born in 1992 during the Earth Summit of Rio de Janeiro.
  • The specifics regarding ICZM is set out in the proceedings of the summit within Agenda 21.
  • Implementation

  • It is a World Bank assisted project and is being implemented by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC).
  • The National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM), Chennai, is providing scientific and technical inputs.

Society of Integrated Coastal Management

  • Society of Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM) has been established under the aegis of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.
  • It has a vision for a vibrant, healthy and resilient coastal and marine environment for the continuous and enhanced outflow of benefits to the country and the coastal community.
  • SICOM is the national project management unit of India in strategic planning, management, execution, monitoring and successful implementation of the ICZMP-Phase-I.

International Coastal Clean-Up Day

  • It has been celebrated across 100 countries since 1986.
  • The day is marked each year on the third Saturday of September as an initiative of the Washington-based Ocean Conservancy, a volunteer effort for ocean health.

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