Blue Flag Beaches
The Blue Flag is an exclusive eco-label award given to beaches
and marinas that meet strict criteria for both water quality and
environmental management. It was introduced in 1987, and sets
common standards of good management across Europe.
Today more than 2900 beaches and marinas in
29 countries across Europe, South Africa and the Caribbean in
2004 are awarded with the Blur Flag..
The Blue Flag Campaign is owned and run by
the independent non-profit organisation Foundation for Environmental
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 Campaign includes environmental
education and information for the public, decision makers and
The award of the Blue Flag is based on 26
specific criteria for beaches and 16 for marinas. Although the
criteria are different for the two types, the Blue Flag flying
at beaches and marinas cover the same four aspects of management:
- Environmental education and information
- Environmental management
- Water quality
- Safety and services
Water quality is samples 20 times throughout
the summer season and must reach the higher of two standards set
in the EC Bathing Water Directive. Beach management criteria include
beach cleanliness, wheelchair access, dog control, first aid,
safety, and environmental information. Marina management criteria
includes provisions for information about the environment, adequate
containers for trash and special waste, clean toilets and washing
facilities and safety equipment. Beaches and marinas are monitored
both before and during the award year to ensure that all criteria
are being fulfilled and that the high standards are being maintained.
has long been proud over its picturesque beaches and marinas.
The recognition regarding the quality of sea water and other ecological
parameters came when beaches and marinas across the Croatian coast
begun receiving the Blue Flag reward.
On the Croatian coast in 2004 there are 98 Blue flags flying
on 80 beaches and 18 marinas. Year after year number of Blue Flags
given to Croatian beaches and marinas increases significantly.
This proofs increase of awarness of importance of a clean and
safe environment but also the efforts of the tourist industry
to ensure pleasant and safe stay in Croatia to all its guests.
Flag official web site
list of Croatian beaches and marinas awarded by the Blur