Greece Takes 2nd Place in Blue Flag Beaches
Greece is ranked second place in the world on the 30th annual 2017 Blue Flag quality award list for beaches and marinas. Forty-seven countries participate in the Blue Flag program. Spain came in first. The announcement came from the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF) after special events held at Glyfada beach and the Glyfada Golf Gardens
The “Blue Flag” is a voluntary eco-label awarded to beaches across the world. The independent, non-profit organization Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) runs the program out of Copenhagen. The EEPF is the program’s Greek counterpart.
486 beaches and 12 marinas were honored with the Blue Flag designation in Greece for 2017. This is 56 more beaches and 3 more marinas than were awarded last year.
As in 2016, the Halkidiki peninsula was awarded 71 Blue Flags, most of any other region in Greece.
A total of 3,574 beaches and 662 marinas were awarded Blue Flag status to all the 47 signatories to the program.
The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature claims that 25 percent of the newly honored winning beaches are in Greece.
The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches that follow requirements that include Environmental Education and Information, Water Quality, Environmental Management and Safety and Services.