The Blue Flag Programme
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to over 3300 beaches and marinas in 39 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean. The Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches, harbours and marinas and boats which participate in the Blue Flag Programme and which have proven to be clean and safe and respecting the environment. The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development at beaches/marinas through strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services. The Blue Flag programme is one of the five programmes run by the independent non-profit international organisation The Foundation for Environmental Education. (FEE) The Blue Flag Programme includes environmental education and information for the public, decision makers and tourism operators.