|What is Blue Flag status?
The Blue Flag programme was launched in France in 1987 as a programme to promote environmental education and sustainable management of beaches, marinas and eco-tourism boats worldwide. It's mission is to "...educate to protect. To protect not just our environment but the people who live in it, the communities who depend on it, the businesses who profit from it and the ecosystems which rely on it!" (blueflag.global; 2016)
Since its inception, the Blue Flag programme has evolved into a world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions.
The national implementing partner for Blue Flag in South Africa is environmental organisation WESSA ((the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa).
How is a beach's Blue Flag status determined?
"In order to qualify for this prestigious award, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria must be met and maintained." (blueflag.global; 2016) The strict approval process involves both national and international assessments.
2016/2017 Blue Flag Beaches in South Africa
This year, 58 Blue Flags will be flown at coastal sites around South Africa over the 2016/17 Blue Flag season, which opened on 1 November 2016.
This number is composed of a total of 45 beaches, 5 marinas and 8 sustainable tourism boats.
See the full list of South Africa's Blue Flag Beaches for 2016/2017 here:
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