The globally recognised and the coveted international eco-label “Blue Flag”, has been accorded to two new Indian beaches – Minicoy Thundi Beach and Kadmat Beach – both in Lakshadweep.
This takes the number of beaches certified under the Blue Flag certification in the country to 12. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people, particularly of Lakshadweep. as Minicoy Thundi Beach and Kadmat Beach made it to the coveted list, an eco-label given to the cleanest beaches in the world.
The other Indian beaches in the blue list are Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Kappad (Kerala), Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh), Golden (Odisha), Radhanagar (Andaman and Nicobar), Kovalam (Tamil Nadu) and Eden (Puducherry).
The Foundation for Environment Education in Denmark (FEE) accords the Blue Flag certification. In order to qualify for this prestigious award, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria must be met and maintained.
The mission of Blue Flag is to promote sustainability in the tourism sector, through environmental education, environmental protection and other sustainable development practices.