12 beaches in India selected to compete for Blue Flag certification


The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has selected 12 beaches in India to compete for the ‘Blue Flag’ certification.

  • It includes Bhogave (Maharashtra), Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Miramar (Goa), Kappad (Kerala), Eden (Puducherry), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Mamallapuram (Tamil Nadu), Golden (Odisha), Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh) and Radhanagar (Andaman & Nicobar Islands).
  • Blue Flag Program was launched in December 2017 for beach clean-up and development. Its purpose is to enhance standards of cleanliness, upkeep and basic amenities at beaches.
  • Blue Flag certification is international recognition for beaches and marinas that meet certain criteria of cleanliness and environmental propriety. It is run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a Copenhagen based international, non-governmental, non-profit organization.
  • Spain has the highest number of Blue Flag beaches (566), followed by, Greece(515) and France(395). Japan and South Korea are the only countries in Asia to have Blue Flag beaches.