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Plans afoot to obtain ’Blue Flag Beaches’ certification for Sri Lankan beaches

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Colombo, April 19 (Daily Mirror)- Steps are being taken to obtain the official certification of 'Blue Flag Beaches' for Unawatuna, Bentota, Pasikuda and Arugam Bay, the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) said.

This was revealed during a recent meeting of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development chaired by MP Ajith Mannapperuma.

It was revealed that twenty-eight beaches which have more tourist attraction have been selected for the 'Blue Flag Beaches' certification and that 33 criteria need to be fulfilled for this certification.

The Chairman pointed out that India, which started the initiative even after Sri Lanka, had already obtained 'Blue Flag Beaches' certification for eight beaches, whereas Sri Lanka is yet to commence the project which was initiated by him as the State Minister of Environment.

The Chairman stressed the need to expedite the project in coordination with the relevant institutions.

The iconic Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised voluntary awards for beaches, marinas and sustainable tourism boats.

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  Comments - 8

  • Citizen Saturday, 20 April 2024 12:43 AM

    That shows how slow you guys, pls obtain it at least before the end of the world.

    Premadasa Saturday, 20 April 2024 02:14 AM

    And from where to get the certification ? From thousands of miles away in the West. Decades after liberation the minority whites are still holding the majority third world under full control. Yet we have “dark skin” converted Christians pathetically and unashamedly supporting the West.

    Amaran Saturday, 20 April 2024 07:51 AM

    Not only the said beaches in this news, keep all the beaches CLEAN as much as possible including WELLAWATTE BEACH. Arrest and charge anyone who is violating law and order. Thanks.

    Sokrates Saturday, 20 April 2024 08:52 AM

    The beaches are now garbage dumps. One idea would be to have the countless cowardly deserters in chain gangs clean the beaches every day for two years before they are released from the forces.

    D P P Prasad Saturday, 20 April 2024 10:30 AM

    It is a difficult task to be achieved. Thus our beaches are so polluted due to the numerous reasons. Illegal structures, garbage dumping the drains with contaminated and stagnated water are more significant among them. Therefore the authorities concerned should pay their attention to alleviate above mentioned obstacles first of all in order to obtain the BFB certification

    joshua Saturday, 20 April 2024 11:38 AM

    Is the certification from SLPP?

    REEZ Saturday, 20 April 2024 05:04 PM

    OMG - BF Beaches

    tourist Sunday, 21 April 2024 05:19 AM

    First of all build more toilets alongside the beaches These Sri Lankans are defecating all over the place and i have had some very nasty experiences.

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