There are more and more beautiful clean Dutch beaches and marinas in the Netherlands. It can be seen from the growing number of Blue Flags, a European label which is awarded to beaches and marinas. This year there are 122 which is 10 percent more than last year.
Notable newcomer to the Blue flag beaches is Hoek van Holland. Furthermore, for the first time two beaches of recreational lakes earned the label, the Betuwe Beach in Beesd and Eiland van Maurik. There are six more beaches bringing the total to 47. The number of clean marinas grew by six to 75.
The Blue Flag Campaign is an initiative of the Netherlands Foundation Hallmark Environment, Safety and Quality (KMVK).
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to over 3450 beaches and marinas in 41 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.
The Blue Flag Program is owned and run by the independent non-profit organization Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
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 Program includes environmental education and information for the public, decision makers and tourism operators.
Every year, the National Blue Flag Jury studies in detail all the Blue Flag candidates, assuring their compliance with all beach and marina criteria on national and international level. Those accepted candidates are then forwarded to the International Jury, who focuses on certain criteria that vary from year to year, and give their final decision after having discussed and reviewed the candidates.
Thursday is the start of the 2010 campaign by hoisting one of the world’s largest Blue Flag (15 x 10 meters) by VNO-NCW chairman Bernard Wientjes in the Marina Eiland van Maurik.
Photo by liber