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Eraclea and Blue Flag 2017

Blue Flag to Eraclea

Blue Flag to Eraclea

The Blue Flag is an award that is given to beaches and marinas that have met stringent standards. The ‘eco-label’ is awarded on an annual basis to beaches and marinas around the world. The right to fly a Blue Flag at a beach or a marina is a strong indication of high environmental standards and is a much sought after accolade around the world.

The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) which is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisationconsisting of 65 member organisations representing 60 countries.

Eraclea Mare Awards

As a result of the 2009 awards a total of 3458 Blue Flags are waving around the world: 2808 beaches and 650 Marinas. Eraclea Mare is one of them. In 2017 we have the confirmation of the best result of Eracleamare.

The city has been awarded the “Blue Flag” from the Foundation for Environmental Education every year from 2007-2017 for the cleanliness of its beaches and seawater. In 2010 the city of Eraclea, in the middle of venetian coast, is the most awarded beach in Veneto because, since 7 May 2009, Eraclea Mare was awarded too the “3 Sails” by the environmental NGO Legambiente.

The Blue Flag success

The FEE , each year checks and verifies that these requirements have been respected, and evaluate them according to certified, published procedures and applies them to any beach that wishes to earn the BLUE FLAG. Those who prefer a BLUE FLAG beach knowingly choose sustainable tourism, and can be sure that their vacations will cause minimal damage to the environment.

Eraclea's sea

Eraclea’s sea

One of the many essential conditions for receiving and keeping the BLUE FLAG is the absolute quality of the bathing water, i.e., that stretch of sea that is found near the shore where the overwhelming majority of tourists bathe. From April to September, about every two weeks, ARPAV (Agenzia Regionale per la Prevenzione e Protezione Ambientale del Veneto) carries out samplings and analyses of Jesolo’s sea water at 11 different sampling points, distributed along the entire beachfront (more than 130 samplings each year). The analyses of the collected samples point out above all the presence of the important microbiological parameters: fecal coliforms, total coliforms and streptococci. In general these microorganisms are present naturally but excessive concentrations in the water constitute a serious health danger so that exceeding the legal limits leads to a ban on swimming in that specific stretch of sea.

Criteria for awarding the Blue Flag

The BLUE FLAG certifies that the following requirements have been met completely:

Environmental Education and Information
  • Information relating to coastal zone ecosystems and natural, sensitive areas in the coastal zone must be displayed
  • Information about bathing water quality must be displayed
  • Information about the Blue Flag Programme must be displayed
  • Code of conduct for the beach area must be displayed and the laws governing beach use must be easily available to the public upon request
  • A minimum of 5 environmental education activities must be offered
Water Quality
  • Compliance with the requirements and standards for excellent bathing water quality
  • No industrial or sewage related discharges may affect the beach area
  • Monitoring on the health of coral reefs located in the vicinity of the beach
  • Compliance of the community with requirements for sewage treatment and effluent quality
  • Algae or other vegetation should be left to decay on the beach unless it constitutes a nuisance
Environmental Management
  • A beach management committee must be established to be in charge of instituting environmental management systems and conduct regular environmental audits of the beach facility
  • The beach must comply with all regulations affecting the location and operation of the beach (coastal zone planning and environmental legislation)
  • The beach must be clean
  • Waste disposal bins/receptacles must be available on/by the beach in adequate numbers, regularly maintained and emptied
  • Facilities for receiving recyclable waste materials must be available on/by the beach
  • Adequate and clean sanitary facilities with controlled sewage disposal
  • On the beach there will be no unauthorised camping or driving and no dumping
  • Regulation concerning dogs and other domestic animals on the beach must be strictly enforced
  • All buildings and equipment of the beach must be properly maintained
  • Sustainable means of transportation must be promoted in the beach area

Safety and services

  • An adequate number of lifeguards and/or lifesaving equipment must be available at the beach
  • First aid equipment must be available on the beach
  • There must be management of different users and uses of the beach so as to prevent conflicts and accidents
  • An emergency plans to cope with pollution safety risks must be in place
  • There must be safe access to the beach
  • The beach area must be patrolled
  • A supply of potable drinking water must be available on the beach
  • A minimum of one Blue Flag beach in each municipality must have access and toilet facilities provided for disabled persons
  • Map of the beach indicating different facilities must be displayed

One of the many essential conditions for receiving and keeping the BLUE FLAG is the absolute quality of the bathing water, i.e., that stretch of sea that is found near the shore where the overwhelming majority of tourists bathe. From April to September, about every two weeks, ARPAV (Agenzia Regionale per la Prevenzione e Protezione Ambientale del Veneto) carries out samplings and analyses of Eraclea’s sea water at 11 different sampling points, distributed along the entire beachfront (more than 130 samplings each year).

The analyses of the collected samples point out above all the presence of the important microbiological parameters: fecal coliforms, total coliforms and streptococci. In general these microorganisms are present naturally but excessive concentrations in the water constitute a serious health danger so that exceeding the legal limits leads to a ban on swimming in that specific stretch of sea.

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