19 Greek Beaches Lose Blue Flag Status
A total of 19 beaches in Greece were stripped of their blue flag status for failing to maintain the high environmental standards set by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
The Blue Flag label is an international symbol of quality, and is one of the best known environmental symbols worldwide.
It has been awarded since 1987 to beaches and marinas meeting the strict requirements of the programme. It aims at making beaches and marinas better and safer, while at the same time protecting their natural environment.
The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature; which is the coordinator for the programme in Greece, has decided to withdraw blue flags from the following Greek beaches:
Golden Beach, Agiokampos, Larissa
Elani Bay, Chalikidiki
Potamos Beach, Hersonnisos, Heraklion
Vourlia Beach, Lasithi
Mesaggala Beach, Larissa
Vlychada beach, Fthiotida
Ierapetra beach, Lasithi
Vulism beach, Lasithi
Aghia Triada beach, Thessaloniki
Myrtos beach, Kefallonia
Argasi beach, Zakynthos
Two beaches at Laganas, Zakynthos
Aghios Sostis/Limanaki beach, Zakynthos
Banana beach, Zakynthos
Aghia Marina beach, Aegina
Two beaches at Kamari, Santorini
Aghios Georgios beach, Santorini
Despite all this, Greece still ranks number two on the Blue Flag quality awards this year among a long list of 47 countries.
In total, the region of Halkidiki collected the majority of awards with 71 flags.
Last year, 430 beaches and 9 marinas around Greece were honoured with the quality Blue Flag award.
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