Kappad beach in Kozhikode to get coveted International Blue Flag certification
Koyilandy: Kappad beach in Kozhikode, one of the most sought after tourist destination in state, is one among the eight beaches in India, that was awarded the coveted ‘Blue Flag’ certification. The official announcement in this regard is expected soon.
The Blue Flag certification is a globally recognised eco-label accorded by Foundation for Environment Education in Copenhagen in Denmark, based on 33 stringent criteria under four major heads -- environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environment management and conservation, and safety and services at the beaches.
Chemancheri panchayat president Ashokan Kott said that an appreciation letter in this regard was obtained.
30 women were engaged in the daily routine cleaning activities at the beach which is supervised by Delhi-based A2Z.
The procedures for Blue Flag certification was undertaken under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate change. Rs 8 crore was spent for renovation. High quality toilets, footpaths, jogging paths, solar lamps and seats were installed here. Also facility for sea bathing was arranged in 200 meters.
The systematic inspection of sea water is conducted every day and the strength and speed characteristics of waves and wind along with danger symbols are displayed here.
In a statement Union Environment Ministry said, Blue Flag certification has been awarded to eight beaches spread across five states and two union territories by an international jury comprising of eminent members of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Denmark-based NGO Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The beaches which have been awarded the certification are Shivrajpur in Gujarat, Ghoghla in Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri in Karnataka, Kappad in Kerala, Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh, Golden in Odisha and Radhanagar in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, it said. India has also been awarded the third prize by the jury under the ‘International Best Practices’ for pollution control in coastal regions, it added.
Japan, South Korea and the UAE are the only other Asian nations which have been conferred with a couple of Blue Flag beaches, however, in a time frame of about five to six years, the statement said.
A Blue Flag beach is an eco-tourism model endeavouring to provide the tourists or beachgoers clean and hygienic bathing water, facilities, safe and healthy environment and sustainable development of the area.
The recommendations are made by an independent national jury composed of eminent environmentalists and scientists.
Blue Flag beaches are considered the cleanest beaches of the world, the ministry had said earlier.
(With inputs from PTI)