For the first time ever, eight beaches of India have been recommended for the globally recognised and the coveted international eco-label, the Blue flag certification. Blue Flag beaches are considered the cleanest beaches of the world.
The announcement came from the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) at a virtual event, on the eve of International Coastal Clean-Up Day, celebrated across 100 countries since 1986. The eight beaches are Radhanagar beach in Andaman and Nicobar, Ghoghla in Daman and Diu, Golden beach of Odisha, Kasarkod and Padubidri beach in Karnataka, Kappad in Kerala, Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh and Shivrajpur in Gujarat.
The recommendations have been made by an independent national jury comprising eminent scientists and environmentalists.
Union Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar, who couldn’t attend the event due to the ongoing parliament session, said through a video message that the government is committed to clean the beaches across the country. He said clean beaches are the testimony to the environment in the coastal area. He said, the issue of marine litter and oil spilling has caused disturbances to aquatic life and efforts are being made for the sustainable development of coastal regions.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Environment Secretary, RP Gupta said that high standards are being maintained to clean the beaches to keep the environment safe and in the next four to five years, 100 more beaches will be cleaned.
In a video message, World Bank Country Director, Zunaid Khan, applauded India’s efforts towards cleaning up its beaches and said that India with its strategies for sustainable coastal zone management shall act as a lighthouse for other countries in the region.
With a view to protect and conserve the coastal and marine ecosystems and environment through a holistic coastal management, the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change launched the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) activities in India for a holistic approach with an interactive, dynamic, multidisciplinary, and iterative planning process to promote sustainable development & management of coastal zones.