Thirty-eight Greek beaches, winners of the “Blue Flag” international program for environmental education, information and awareness, were recently dropped from the 2014 list and lost their award.
Beaches on Corfu lost the most blue flags as 23 bathing spots on the island did not meet the criteria. Other Greek beaches that lost blue flags are located in Attica (1), Zakynthos (2), Kavala (1), Lesvos (3), Magnesia (1), Preveza (2), Rethymno (1), Rodopi (2) and Fthiotida (2).
According to the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature, inspections during the summer revealed that the 38 beaches did not fulfill the imperative criteria required to maintain “Blue Flag” status.
Members of the program’s organizing committee found that although the beaches had clean waters, they had serious deficiencies in the provision of services to bathers. Meanwhile, the beaches did not meet criteria relating to cleanliness, safety measures for bathers, and environment and coastal area protection.
The 38 beaches are now banned from the 2015 award process.
The blue flag award is a voluntary eco-label awarded to beaches across the world and issued by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), which rates beaches on categories including facilities, environmental management, water quality and all-round cleanliness.
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