The beaches in order to get the Blue Flag are selected by an eminent international jury, which consist members of the UN Environment Programme, UN World Tourism Organization, Foundation for Environmental Education and IUCN. eight beaches in India have been awarded with the Blue Flag certification.
The beaches selected for the certification are Kappad (Kerala), Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh), Golden (Odisha) and Radhanagar (Andaman and Nicobar Islands).
Union Minister of Environment also stated that “No country ever got eight Blue Flag certification so far, this is a global recognition of India’s conversation and sustainable development efforts“.
This certification is meant for the eco-label. This certification is awarded by the Denmark-based non-profit foundation for Environmental Education. It is awarded annually to beaches when the conditions are met and maintained. This Blue Flag was started in 1985 in France and nearly 47 countries currently participate in it.