The Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change virtually hoisted the international blue flags in 8 beaches across the country.
India secured the International Blue Flag Certification for these beaches on 6th October 2020, when an International Jury comprising member organizations UNEP, UNWTO, UNESCO, IUCN, ILS, Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) etc. announced the award at Copenhagen, Denmark.
India started its journey of sustainable development of coastal regions on World Environment Day in June’ 2018 by launching its beach cleaning campaign – I-AM- SAVING-MY-BEACH simultaneously at 13 coastal states and thereafter implementing the Environment Ministry’s coveted program BEAMS(Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services).
About Blue Flag certification
- Blue Flag certification is a globally recognised eco-label accorded by “Foundation for Environment Education in Denmark” based on 33 stringent criteria.
- The Blue Flag is a certification given to a beach, marina, or sustainable boating tourism operator meets its standards.
- The Blue Flag is a trademark owned by FEE which is a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation consisting of 65 organisations in 60 member countries.
The beaches where the International Blue Flags were hoisted are:
Kappad (Kerala), Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh), Golden (Odisha) and Radhanagar (Andaman & Nicobar Islands).
About BEAMS(Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services)
- Society for Integrated Coastal Management(SICOM), MoEFCC in pursuit of promoting its policies for sustainable development in coastal regions have embarked upon a highly acclaimed program “BEAMS” (Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services) under its ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management) project.
- This is one of the several other projects of ICZM that Govt of India is undertaking for the sustainable development of coastal regions, striving for globally recognized and the coveted eco-label ‘Blue flag”.
Objective of BEAMS
The objective of BEAMS program is to abate pollution in coastal waters, promote sustainable development of beach facilities, protect & conserve coastal ecosystems & natural resources, and seriously challenge local authorities & stakeholders to strive and maintain high standards of cleanliness, hygiene & safety for beachgoers in accordance with coastal environment & regulations. This program promotes beach recreation in absolute harmony with nature.
|Society of Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM)|
It has been established under the aegis of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate change, Government of India with a vision for vibrant, healthy and resilient Coastal and Marine Environment for continuous and enhanced outflow of benefits to the Country and the Coastal Community.
Objective and Functions of SICOM
Main Roles, responsibilities, and objectives