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The new list of Blue Flag beaches 2024: who’s in and who’s out

How are our shores? Judging by the new appointments of Blue Flags 2024, not bad. In fact, 236 municipalities received this recognition this morning during a ceremony in Rome. I am 14 more than last year and represent 11.5% of awarded beaches worldwide.

The Blue flags are awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), an international institution that follows 32 very precise criteria and they refer not only to the sea, but also to the lakes. “The number is increasing, but Above all, sensitivity grows and the awareness of citizens who deserve the credit for this recognition,” said Claudio Mazza, president of FEE Foundation Italy.

The 32 criteria of the program, already a lot “hard” and equal for all at the international level, are in fact updated periodically in such a way as to encourage the participating local administrations to commit themselves to the resolution and improvement over time of land management issues with the aim of carefully protecting the environment. Blue flags are not only about water quality, but also about sustainability, citizen services, inclusion, waste disposal and much more.

Blue Flags 2024: the new awards

The awarding ceremony of the 38th edition took place in Rome at the CNR headquarters, in the presence of the mayors of the awarded municipalities and the Minister of Civil Protection and Maritime Policy, Nello Musumechi, also spoke. Places whose bathing waters have been excellent for the past 4 years are awarded.

there they are 14 new winners: Ortona, in Abruzzo; Parghelia, in Calabria; Cellole, in Campania; Borgio Verrezzi and Reco, in Liguria; Porto Sant’Elpidio, in the Marche region; Lecce, Manduria, and Patu, in Puglia; Letoiani, Schicli, and Taormina, in Sicily; Tenno and Vallelaghi in Trentino Alto Adige.

However, there are four municipalities that have not been reaffirmed: Amelia and Tagia, in Liguria; Margaret of Savoy, in Apulia; and Marciana Marina, in Tuscany.

In addition to the 236 municipalities, 81 Blue Flags were also awarded to tourist destinations this year.

Award criteria

  • absolute suitability of the waters for bathing under more restrictive rules than those provided by national bathing legislation (only those classified as ‘excellent’ in the last four years);
  • regular samples waters carried out during the summer season. These criteria are mandatory and only if they are met, you can gain access to subsequent evaluations;
  • efficiency of purification connectivity of waste water and sewage network at least 80% on the territory of the municipality;
  • waste sortingproper management of hazardous waste;
  • huge pedestrian areas, bicycle laneswell-maintained street furniture, green areas;
  • beaches equipped with all services and lifeguards, accessibility for all (removal of architectural barriers);
  • a large space devoted to environmental education coursestargeting in particular schools and young people, tourists and residents;
  • diffusion ofinformation for Blue Flag, publication of bathing water data;
  • hotel facilities, public healthtourist information, updated sign;
  • environmental certification and/or the procedures of the institutional activities and tourist facilities available in the municipal area;
  • presence offishing activities well placed in the context of the seaside resort.

Source: VanityFair

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