The coveted blue flags for clean sea water were handed out again this year to local resorts and marinas. 

The coveted blue flags for clean sea water were handed out again this year to local resorts and marinas. 

According to the results 235 beaches (192 last year) and 14 marinas (12 last year) in Turkey met the standards to be awarded a Blue Flag in 2007. The Blue Flag is a symbol of good local environmental standards as well as good sanitary and safety facilities at the beach and/or marina.

Born in France

The Blue Flag was born in France in 1985 where the first French coastal municipalities were awarded the Blue Flag on the basis of criteria covering sewage treatment and bathing water quality. 1987 was the “European Year of the Environment” and the European Commission was responsible for developing the European Community activities of that year. The Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe (FEEE) presented the concept of the Blue Flag to the Commission, and it was agreed to launch the Blue Flag Campaign as one of several “European Year of the Environment” activities in the Community. The French concept of the Blue Flag was developed on a European level to include other areas of environmental management, such as waste management and coastal planning and protection. Besides beaches marinas also became eligible for the Blue Flag.  In 1987, 244 beaches and 208 marinas from 10 countries were awarded the Blue Flag.
Blue Flag Beaches in Mugla

The following list of beaches and marinas have all been awarded a Blue Flag for the 2007 season.

Bodrum: Azka Hotel, Bitez Aktur, Bitez Halikarya Beach, Isis Hotel, Kumbah棬 Ortakent Scala Beach, Yali樦tligi Club Belizia, Yali樦tligi Ersan Holiday Village, Yali樦tligi WOW Beach Club, Yali樦tligi Palmiye, Yali樦tligi Sea Garden, Yali樦tligi Valtur, WOW Bodrum Resort, Club Milta, Samara Hotel, Turgutreis Armonia, Turgutreis Günbatimi beach, Turgutreis Kadikalesi, Turgutreis Bagla Cove Magic Life, Turgutreis Club Armonia, Türkbükü Colub Voyage Bodrum Resort, Yalikavak Gümüikaya, Yalikavak Idemen Beach.

Dat柺 Aktur Tatil Sitesi, Aktur Kamping, Aktur Kurucabük, Karaincir, Gebekum Sörf Plaji (Surfing Beach), Okey Hotel, Periliköik.

Fethiye: Otel Meri, Club Suncity Beach, Hillside Beach

Ölüdeniz: Kumburnu strait

Dalaman: Sarde埂each – Magic Life

Marmaris: Marmaris Poseidon Otel, Grand Azur, Grand Yazici, Green Platan, I欥ler Marti Resort, Marti La Perla, I欥ler Munanamar, Turun埈alk Plaji (Public Beach), Turun埏tel,

Hisorönü: Marti Marina Beach,

Ortaca: Iber Hotel,

Blue Flag Marinas in Mugla

Bodrum Milta Marina,
Port Bodrum Yalikavak
D-Marin Turgutreis Marina
Marmaris Akdeniz Marti Marina
Fethiye Ece marina
Port Gocek
Netsel Marmaris Marina

The Blue Flag success

Since 1987 the Campaign has year after year increased in numbers of Blue Flags. The criteria have during these years been changed to more strict criteria. As an example, in 1992 the Campaign started using the restrictive guideline values in the EEC Bathing Water Directive as imperative criteria, and this was also the year where all Blue Flag criteria became the same in all participating countries

The Blue Flag Campaign outside Europe

In 2001 FEE decided to become a global organisation by changing the name from FEEE to FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education). Several organisations and authorities outside Europe have made applications to FEE, wishing for co-operation on spreading the Blue Flag Campaign to non-European countries. FEE has been co-operating with UNEP and WTO on extending the Campaign to areas outside Europe.

The Blue Flag Campaign has already been implemented in the Republic of South Africa, Canada, Morocco, New Zealand and in four countries in the Caribbean region. Chile is currently in the pilot phase of the campaign and interest has also been expressed by the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, the United Arab Emirates and countries in South East Africa.

FEE has made the overall decision that the beach criteria within a region should be similar. The beach criterion has however varied from region to region reflecting the specific environmental conditions of the region.

The Campaign Today

In 2006, 2599 beaches and 644 marinas were awarded the Blue Flag. 36 countries are currently participating in the Blue Flag Campaign. For more information about the Blue Flag scheme go to www.blueflag.org.

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