State asked to nominate 10 more beaches for Blue Flag Certification 

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Panaji: Union Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has asked Goa to identify ten beaches for the Blue Flag certification.

State had last year nominated Miramar beach for the certification.

Blue Flag certification from the Foundation for Education, Denmark, is a voluntary certification, that focuses on cleanliness and hygiene and protection of ecology of the certified beach stretch.

In a letter to Chief Secretary Parimal Rai on September 11, MoEF&CC secretary C K Mishra has asked the State to identify and prioritize at least ten beaches in their respective territories and inform the Ministry accordingly by September 30, to facilitate drawing a concrete road map for the programme. Letters have been sent to total 13 coastal States.

“I look forward to the support and cooperation of the State Government for the green initiative for enhancing the Eco-tourism potential along the coastline of the country,” Mishra said in the letter.

Earlier,  Mishra said that Government of India has embarked upon an ambitious plan for ‘Blue Flag Certification’ in identified 100 beaches of the country during next five years. “The certification is one of the most stringent certification related to sustainable eco-tourism, development of beaches, encompassing high quality standards of water quality, safety of beach goers and in bathing zones, public amenities, sound waste management plans, focus on renewable energy and water conservation, environment education, information on biodiversity and beach ecology, etc,” secretary said.

Towards this purpose, he said that the first and foremost requirement is that of identification of a potential  beach which would prima facie be meeting the stringent water quality parameter and is a safe bathing zone.

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