Promoting Sustainable Beaches

Sustainable management of beach spaces, responsible tourism and the conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems is at the heart of the Blue Flag programme.

Blue Flag is a world-renowned  award for beaches, marinas and boats, implemented in over 45 countries. It is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), an international not-for-profit organization, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.

‘Blue Flag India’, launched in 2018, invites participation in the programme.

Participate in promoting sustainability

Local governments (Panchayats, Municipal Councils, district administrations), government agencies, Ministries can apply for the Blue Flag. Hospitality industry, corporate foundations, communities etc may support sustainable beach management in partnership with the local governments. Applications are to be made to National Operator, Blue Flag India.


Blue Flag Award helps local communities, businesses and governments in many ways:

  • Showcases the beach to the international community
  • Attracts sustainable tourism and improves incomes and livelihoods
  • Improves public understanding about nature and cultural features
  • Protects and conserves the unique natural and cultural assets
  • Promotes a healthier and safer environment


Note: When owners/operators of beaches, marinas and boats are awarded the right to display the Blue Flag, it is because they have satisfied FEE that they complied at the time of award with a number of stringent environmental, educational, safety and accessibility criteria. Following the award, the owners/operators accept full responsibility to ensure continued compliance with all of these criteria. While FEE may carry out checks of sites from time to time, neither FEE, nor any of its officers, members, or jury members accept any responsibility to any person in the event of any noncompliance.