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CROATIA - The Blue Flag on the beaches

a project for preserving the sea and coast
Croatia - beaches
The Blue Flag is a project for preserving the sea and coast which has been carried out in Europe for fifteen years now, and includes beaches and marinas, and from the year 2000 has extended throughout world.

This project has also been carried out in Croatia from the year 1997, when the Association of the friends of nature Our Lovely was nominated by the Foudation for Environmental Education in Europe a national coordinator and carrier of this project in the Republic of Croatia.

The Blue Flag symbolizes preserved, safe and pleasant environment for fun, relaxation and recreation, but it also includes an elaborated system of managing the resources, and sustainable development in tourism.

Beaches and marinas, which carry the Blue Flag, offer quality services, have a clean seacoast, and are tidy and adequately equipped. The Blue Flag is not only a symbol of quality and ecological perseverance, but it also represents top quality tourism.

This prestigious symbol is awarded only to those beaches and marinas which meet all
the requirements which are set according to individual criteria, but have in common the fact that they always take care of the quality of the sea and the coast, education and inform the public about environmental protection, managing the resources, and the safety and quality of services.

The Blue Flag is awarded for the period of one year, and is raised at the beginning of June. For each year it is necessary to fill the questionnaire about the criteria in order to have the license extended.

In Croatia, this project was started in 1997 and in the very next year only Punat marina met the necessary requirements. During the year 1999 13 beaches and marinas were awarded the Blue Flag, and in the year 2000 22 beaches and marinas had this prestigious proof of cleanness and quality.


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