Greece’s beaches have consecutively been placed top three in the world of the highly coveted Blue Flags Program, announced the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF), on the occasion marking the 30th anniversary of the project.
According to EEPF, which has been responsible for the Foundation for Environmental Education’s (FEE) Blue Flag program in Greece since 1992, its aim now is to achieve the first position for Greek beaches and coasts.
The Blue Flag Program is a world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe and is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Environmental Education, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. 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. Through close collaboration with their members, the Foundation for Environmental Education works to ensure the programme’s expansion, and that the unrivalled standards of the Blue Flag are maintained internationally.
When the program launched in 1987, the Blue Flag was awarded to 244 coasts worldwide and seven beaches were in Greece. Of the 3,568 beaches awarded last year 430 of those are in Greece.
On the initiative of the FEE, the Blue Flag Program labels beaches and marinas based on cleanliness, water quality, organisation, safety and services, environmental management and protection and certifies the best every year ahead of summer.