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What does it mean Blue Flag Campaign?

 

The BLUE FLAG CAMPAIGN (BFC) is an international exclusive eco-label indicating clean, safe and well-managed beaches and marinas.

The Blue Flag Campaign originally started as a French idea for municipalities in 1985 and was launched on the European level in 1985 as one of the initiatives of the European Union. The campaign started with around 450 Blue Flags awarded to beaches and marinas in 10 countries. The number of beaches/marinas and the number of participating countries has increased year by year. The Blue Flag Campaign is not anymore only a European campaign. Since 2001, South Africa, Morocco and five countries in the Caribbean are working on implementing the Blue Flag. In 2003, 2093 beaches and 728 marinas in 24 countries received the Blue Flag. Blue Flag locations are easy identified and very attractive for tourists.

Who is responsible for Blue Flag Campaign development on the international and national (regional) level?

 

The international non-governmental and non-profit organisation "The Foundation for Environmental Education" (FEE) owes and runs the Blue Flag Campaign. FEE has a member organisation working in the field of environmental education and information for safety development in each country administrating the Blue Flag Campaign on the national level.

Before being able to launch the BFC in a new country the FEE member organisation - initiator the BFC on the national (regional) level should go through the following steps:

• Arrange a national (regional) Blue Flag workshops and seminars for dissemination of information and discussion on extent of interest on BFC development in the region;

• Form a National (regional) Blue Flag Committee;

• Produce a Blue Flag feasibility study and assess of what can be called the “supporting system “ for a national (regional) BFC;

• Run a Blue Flag pilot phase.

Who is the initiator of the Blue Flag Campaign in our region?

 

NGO “Keep Saint-Petersburg Tidy” is initiating the Blue Flag Campaign in Saint- Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. This organisation became a member of FEE in 2002. It has implemented the 1st and 2nd steps of BFC development in framework of the project “Blue Flag Campaign Promotion in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region” with the supporting of Nordic Council of Ministers. Organisation is planning to implement the 3rd and 4th steps in the near future.

How any marina or beach can be awarded by Blue Flag?

 

In order to be eligible for Blue Flag, a marina or beach has to comply with the Blue Flag criteria. The criteria for marinas and for beaches are of course different due to different conditions, but both sets of criteria cover the same four aspects:

• Environmental management;
• Environmental education and information;
• Safety and service facilities;
• Water quality.

Participation in the Blue Flag Campaign is voluntary. The local authority is in charge of applying for Blue Flag for a beach or a marina in the form of sending of application form and supplementary documentation. A National (Regional) Blue Flag Jury is responsible for evaluation the candidates on the national (regional) level. The National (Regional) Blue Flag Jury forwards the approved candidates to International BF Coordinator for evaluation. The International Coordinator forwards the approved candidates to an International Blue Flag Jury for final approval.

What does it mean Blue Flag Campaign for our region?

 

Development of the Blue Flag Campaign in our region may play a vital part for improvement of the coastal zones management. That has a large significance for both the nature preservation and the increasing of public awareness, increasing of responsibility of all participants of the recreation activity and also for the development of sustainable water tourism and recreational activity.

Development of sustainable boating in framework of Blue Flag Campaign may become as essential addition to different kinds of water tourism for Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

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