3 beaches in Gozo and 9 in Malta awarded Blue Flag Eco Label
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This year, 3 beaches in Gozo and 9 in Malta have been awarded with the Blue Flag Eco Label award by Blue Flag International, for achieving the world renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe. The Blue Flag will be presented in the coming weeks.
In order for beaches to qualify for this prestigious award, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety – related and access-related criteria must be met and maintained.
Blue Flag International congratulated all Blue Flag beach managers for this achievement and also Blue Flag Malta for its Audit checks and timely reports.
It congratulated the Malta Tourism Authority for increasing two more beaches this year and urged Malta to also expand the programme to marinas and Tourism Boats similar to other European and other countries in the World.
Blue Flag also urged the mangers of Ramla Bay Gozo and Ghajn Tuffieha Bay Mgarr to come in line with the standards of Info panels and waste separation bins by start of season this year.
It said that Ghajn Tuffieha Bay has retained the dispensation case on access due to its ecological habitat and Natura 2000 site status.
Blue Flag noted that improvements have been made at Mellieha Bay from the previous years. and that Golden sands had maintained a high level after years failing to reach the Blue Flag status due to environmental issues considering this was a Natura 2000 site.
It urged that more attention be given to environmental education activities on these beaches and that more controls are made on beach concessions in beaches such as Mellieha and Golden Sands.
The Blue Flag programme is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Environmental Education and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Beaches awarded are:
Ramla Bay Xaghra managed by the Gaia Foundation,
Hondoq ir Rummien Bay Qala managed by the Malta Tourism Authority,
Marsalforn Bay Marsalforn managed by the Malta Tourism Authority.
Fond Ghadir Sliema Managed by Malta Tourism Authority,
St George s Bay St Julian’s managed by Malta Tourism Authority,
Westin Dragonara Beach Club St Julian’s managed by Westin Dragonara Resort,
Qawra Point Beach managed by the Malta Tourism Authority,
Bugibba Perched Beach St Paul’s Bay managed by the Malta Tourism Authority,
Mellieha Beach managed by the Malta Tourism Authority,
Golden Sand Beach Mellieha managed by the Malta Tourism Authority,
Ghajn Tuffieha Bay Mgarr managed by the Gaia Foundation,
Islands Edge Beach managed by the Paradise Bay Hotel.
In Malta Blue Flag and other Foundation for Environmental Education programmes are represented by Nature Trust -FEE Malta which was appointed as the FEE National Coordinator way back in 2002.
Today NT-FEE Malta runs all five of the FEE International Programmes being Eco School, Blue Flag, Green Key (an international eco label for Hotels and Restaurants), Young Reporters for the Environment, and Learning About Forests.
Photo: Relaxing in Marsalforn Bay by Alain Salvary