Blue Flag

Published on: 28 January 2015
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to over 3450 beaches and marinas in 41 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.   The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the independent non-profit organisation Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).   The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development at beaches/marinas through strict criteria dealing with water and coastal quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and other services on beaches and marinas as well as waste management and environmental initiatives and tourism.   The Blue Flag Programme includes environmental education and information for the public, decision makers and tourism operators.   The Blue Flag on European level was born in 1987, on the occasion of the "European Year of the Environment". The FEE presented the concept of the Blue Flag to the Commission, and it was agreed to launch the Blue Flag Programme as one of several "European Year of the Environment" activities in the Community. This environmental award is given to communities that make special efforts to keep their beaches and marinas clean and manage them with consideration for the local environment. Only local authorities can apply for the Blue Flag and the award is valid only as long as the criteria are fulfilled. That’s why the national FEE organization accurately checks the Blue Flag sites every year in Summer before informing the public about them.

In this way tourists can visit clean and safe environments.   In 2009 Rimini is awarded the Blue Flag for the ninth consecutive year.

Together with the sea water's quality, those services related to the environment (water treatment, waste management, pedestrian's areas and cycle paths) have been also awarded so that to increase the urban quality of the town as a whole.