The Blue Flags

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Numerous beaches of the Bay of Mazarrón have been rewarded by the Blue Flags thanks to the bathing water and its services quality.


The Blue Flag is an environmental award given to those municipalities carrying out a special effort in the coastal environment management of its inland waters and/or beaches respecting the environment and nature.

The local community and its beaches should comply with some criteria for obtaining the Blue Flag. Such criteria refers to the bathing water quality, information and environmental education, safety, services and facilities.

This effort from the local community assures you to visit with your family clean and safe environments on the coast, seas and lakes as well as evidences from the local community maintaining bases for a sustainable development.


Rewarded beaches with Blue Flags


Some data about the Blue Flag

The Blue Flag has been created and is given by the EEF (Environmental Education Foundation), a private entity constituted and represented by an Environmental Non-Governmental Organization in each of the more than 40 participating States. 

  • The Blue Flag is an environmental quality award for beaches and ports.
  • Only local authorities can apply for the Blue Flag for its beaches.
  • The Campaign promotes the participation and cooperation on voluntary environmental initiatives by the local citizenship, visitors and agents involved in the tourist and environment sectors.
  • The Blue Flag for beaches covers 4 main areas:
    • Bathing water quality. 
    • Information and environmental education.
    • Environmental management.
    • Safety, services and facilities.
  • The Campaign criteria are developing and more and more demanding so that municipalities participating in the Campaign do not lapse in the effort to solve those environmental problems regarding the award for the Blue Flag.
  • The granting of the Blue Flag is carried out every year and it is only valid if meeting the criteria demanded. If such criteria stops being met, the people responsible for the beach at local level are obliged to lower the flag.
  • Each national organization FEE member, in Spain ADEAC, checks the sites with the Blue Flag in summer. The International Coordination also undertakes monitoring visits to a sample of the beaches awarded.

You can also cooperate actively in the Blue Flag Program taking the following measures for environmental protection:

  • Use the wastepaper baskets and containers on the beach or port and separate, if possible, glass, paper and plastics.
  • Use the public transport, walk or cycle, own or rented bicycles, to go to the beach or port.
  • Observe the safety instructions and conduct codes on the beach and/or around.
  • Enjoy the nature on the beach, port or around but be respectful with it.
  • Limit the water and electricity consumption during your stay: be aware of the use of natural resources.
  • Chose a place for your holidays where the environment is protected and, if possible, choose a hotel where service is environmentally friendly managed.

Persons responsible for the Blue Flag at local, national and international level:

The name and address of the Blue Flag National Operator, of the Campaign International Coordination, as well as the person responsible for the beach management at local level, should be shown on the beach. The text including such names and addresses could be something like this: "These are the names and addresses of the persons responsible at local, national and international level of the Blue Flag given to this beach. Blue Flag would appreciate your help in giving your opinion on the compliance level of the beach and how to improve it. In this way, you will contribute to the maintenance and/or compliance with such criteria".

The Town Hall of Mazarrón
Plaza del Ayuntamiento, s/n
www.mazarron.es
piogu@mazarron.es

ADEAC 
C/ General Lacy, 3, portal 1, 1º B
www.adeac.es
banderaazul@adeac.es

International Blue Flag Co-ordination
Scandiagade 13, DK-2450 Copenhagen (Denmark)
info@feeinternational.org


Green Key

Green Key is a voluntary eco-label for tourism facilities that promotes sustainable tourism and aims to contribute to the prevention of climate change by awarding and advocating facilities with positive environmental initiatives. Green Key began in Denmark in 1994 and was adopted by FEE in 2002 to become its fifth international Programme. It has since spread to more than 40 countries and continues to grow in numbers and spread across the world. The criteria focus on environmental management, technical demands, and initiatives for the involvement of guests, staff and suppliers. Some of the categories covered are: Water, Waste, Energy, Involvement and Awareness of Guests, Environmental Management, Staff Involvement, Use of Chemicals, Open Spaces, and Food and Beverages.

Green Key educates and empowers tourism actors, including enterprises, authorities, guests, and local communities to change unsustainable behaviours and become importantly involved in the protection of their environment.

Tourism facilities awarded a Green Key adhere to national or international Green Key criteria. The criteria have been designed to be easily understood by tourists, feasible for the tourism industry, and clearly verifiable through control checks.

International criteria reflect the various fields of tourism facilities (hotels, hostels, camp sites, conference and holiday centres) and specialized national criteria reflect each country’s legislation, infrastructure and culture.

 

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