Coastal Zones Management and Regulations

[pib] International Blue Flag hoisted at 8 beaches across the Country


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Blue Flag Beaches

Mains level : Coastal conservation

The Environment Minister has virtually hoisted the international blue flags in 8 beaches across the country.

Try this PYQ:

Q. At one of the places in India, if you stand on the seashore and watch the sea, you will find that the seawater recedes from the shoreline a few kilometers and comes back to the shore, twice a day, and you can actually walk on the seafloor when the water recedes. This unique phenomenon is seen at:

(a) Bhavnagar

(b) Bheemunipatnam

(c) Chandipur

(d) Nagapattinam

About Blue Flag Certification

  • This Certification is accorded by an international agency “Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark” based on 33 stringent criteria in four major heads i.e.
  1. Environmental Education and Information,
  2. Bathing Water Quality,
  3. Environment Management and Conservation and
  4. Safety and Services on the beaches.
  • It started in France in 1985 and has been implemented in Europe since 1987, and in areas outside Europe since 2001 when South Africa joined.
  • Japan and South Korea are the only countries in South and southeastern Asia to have Blue Flag beaches.
  • Spain tops the list with 566 such beaches; Greece and France follow with 515 and 395, respectively.

Which are the 8 beaches?

The beaches where the International Blue Flags were hoisted are:

  1. Kappad (Kerala)
  2. Shivrajpur (Gujarat)
  3. Ghoghla (Diu)
  4. Kasarkod and
  5. Padubidri (Karnataka)
  6. Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh)
  7. Golden (Odisha) and
  8. Radhanagar (Andaman & Nicobar Islands)

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