The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature has announced that, out of a long list of 53 countries, Greece ranked second this year in the Blue Flag programme awards, as 581 beaches, 15 marinas and 6 tour boats have earned the world’s most recognised eco-label. Greece received 14% of world awards, and the country’s top name on the list is Halkidiki Regional Unit (96 flags). The International Committee presented the label to 4.194 beaches, 732 marinas and 116 tour boats across the globe. Click here to find which Blue Flag 2022 beach or marina you’ll visit this summer!
What is the Blue Flag Programme?
The Blue Flag is a large-scale programme of environmental awareness and protection, which is implemented every year, in European countries and in other parts of the world by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The Blue Flag label is an international symbol of quality and is one of the best known environmental labels worldwide. It has been awarded since 1987 to beaches and marinas, and since 2017 to tour boats that meet the strict requirements of the programme for sustainable boating tourism operators. It is aimed at making beaches, marinas and boats better and safer, while at the same time protecting the natural environment. The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature is the programme coordinator for Greece. It is the oldest conservation organisation in the country and it has been active in environmental education and the protection of nature since 1951.
Did you know that…
In order to receive a Blue Flag eco-label, a beach must not only be found to have an excellent water quality, it must comply with a total of 33 criteria (38 for marinas and 51 for boat operators), concerning cleanliness, environmental management and awareness, various amenities and services, information, visitor safety and protection of the coastal area.