Blue Flag Award
Blue Flag is an internationally recognized eco-label awarded to beaches that achieve high standards in 33 criteria including water quality, environmental education, environmental management, safety and services.
These criteria are grouped into the following two categories:
- Imperative criteria - beach must comply
- Guideline criteria - increase the standards at the beach even more but are not mandatory
In addition to meeting these requirements, a Blue Flag beach must be accessible for an unannounced inspection by the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE).
Blue Flag awards are only valid for one season. After each season, a Blue Flag beach must be reassessed and meet all the requirements before an award is renewed. However, if conditions at a Blue Flag beach change or it fails to fulfill the imperative criteria then the Blue Flag award is withdrawn.