Eleven beaches in Malta and Gozo were awarded the coveted Blue Flag status for this year.
The beaches that have obtained the eco-certificate this year are Buġibba Perched Beach, Fond Għadir (Sliema), Golden Sands Beach, Għajn Tuffieħa Bay, Mellieħa Beach, Qawra Point Beach, St George’s Bay (St Julian’s) and Westin Dragonara Beach Club St Julian’s (managed by Westin Dragonara Resort) in Malta, and Ħondoq ir-Rummien Bay, Marsalforn Bay and Ramla Bay in Gozo.
This was announced by the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) and the Foundation for Environmental Education.
The Blue Flag programme is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) which is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark and has members in 77 countries.
For the beaches to qualify for this prestigious award, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria must be met and maintained.
The MTA said that the Blue Flag accreditation is only awarded for one season at a time, based on the beach’s performance in the previous year, and as long as the relevant criteria covering water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services, are fulfilled.
Even if awarded the eco-label, the Blue Flag may be withdrawn at any time if the quality of the beach declines.
The International Blue Flag Jury of the Foundation for Environmental Education International (FEE) said that is very much aware of the special situation the world is facing today with the coronavirus. Therefore it wished to highlight that the sites that are being awarded the Blue Flag must at all times comply with the national and international health guidelines and legislations regarding Coronavirus.
In Malta, Blue Flag and other programmes of the Foundation for Environmental Education are represented by Nature Trust – FEE Malta, which was appointed as the FEE National Coordinator back in 2002.