For coastal areas, water quality, safety and access for all: the Blue Flag Programme, created by the Foundation for Environmental Education, represents a serious and profound commitment to both people and the environment. Central to the aims of the Blue Flag Programme is connecting the public with their surroundings and encouraging them to learn more about their environment. As such, environmental education activities must be offered and promoted in addition to a permanent display of information relevant to the site in terms of biodiversity, ecosystems and environmental phenomena.
The Blue Flag Label is an environmental award, given to communities that make a special effort to manage their coastal/inland water environment with respect for the local environment and nature.
To attain the Blue Flag, the community and its operators have to fulfil a number of criteria covering water quality, environmental information and education, safety, service and facilities.
Our criteria are developed in partnership with experts, to ensure they are sound. Additionally, we review our criteria and develop new ones to ensure that Blue Flag stays a symbol of excellence, and to encourage our site owners to always do better.