June 13, 2009 at 9:58 am #55058
The Canary Islands have been awarded 39 Blue Flags.
“10.06.2009 – The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to over 3,200 beaches and marinas in 37 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean. The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the independent non-profit organisation Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and in the Canary Islands operates under the auspices of the regional department of health.
The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development at beaches/marinas through strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services. The Blue Flag Programme includes environmental education and information for the public, decision makers and tour operators. This year the Canaries has been awarded 32 beach flags, three marina flags, two Blue Flag Centres and one distinction. The flags are a mark of work sucessfully undertaken by councils and managers in maintaining and improving the standards of bathing areas, water quality, facilities, and access to beaches and marinas, the availabilty/promotion of environmental education and beach security and services. They also have a high international recognition factor and are generally seen as a boost to tourism.
Las Canteras, La Laja, Melenara, El Inglés, San Agustín, Maspalomas, Amadores, Playa de Mogán.
Matagorda, Los Pocillos, Grande (Blanca), Blanca.
Fuerteventura: Gran Tarajal, Costa Calma, El Matorral, Butihondo, Grandes Playas, Blanca.
Tenerife: El Médano, Leocadio Machado, La Tejita, Las Vistas, Troya I-II (Américas I-II), Fañabé, La Arena, El Socorro, Playa Jardín, San Telmo, La Arena (Mesa del Mar).
La Palma: Los Cancajos, Puerto Naos, Charco Verde.
Gran Canaria: P. D. Puerto de Mogán, Club de Yates Pasito Blanco.
P. D. Puerto Calero.
Telde, for lifesaving and first aid facilities
Blue Flag Centres:
Gran Canaria, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, the interpretative centre at the Maspalomas dunes. Fuerteventura, Pájara Nature centre.”
When you are surrounded by beaches and the ocean, you tend to forget why you came here in the first place…..
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