You might now have an additional criterion to choose when it comes to planning your travel itinerary. If you will, vacation beach destinations can also be ultimately green. It has been found that as many as 56 Cyprus beaches have been labeled exclusively with the eco-friendly tag by an international jury. The beaches have been selected, considering their stress on stringent environmental regulations.
Over 3,450 beaches and marinas have received the coveted ‘The Blue Flag Award’ and they span across the 41 countries of Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.
The new benchmark was pioneered in 1987, during the European Year for the Environment, and is conducted and operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
The initiative encourages and pushes towards the sustainable development at beaches/marinas through strict measures related with water quality, environment education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services.
The criteria put forward by the NGO have a remarkable role in setting standards for the beach tourism world wide.
Cyprus has pioneered the European Blue Flag Campaign and has become a full member of the FEE from 1995.
With the extensive cooperation of the Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association (CYMEPA), the local authorities and the relevant government bodies, Cyprus has started the campaign for green and clean beaches.
Cyprus, as one of the top Mediterranean tourism destinations, has acknowledged the importance of this campaign. It is one of the way in which tourism can be better integrated with the coastal environment, said a statement by the Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO).
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