In addition to awarding Blue Flag
sites, the Blue Flag International Jury review submissions for the Best
Practice Competition, and late last year they announced the results for
countries in the global South.
The theme of 2020’s Best Practice
Competition was pollution, and the jury was highly impressed with the many Blue
Flag sites that have achieved exceptional outcomes from their efforts to keep
our coasts and oceans healthy.
First place was awarded to the
Dominican Republic for their “Wave of Change” initiative. This was implemented
by the Iberostar Group at all three of their hotels in the country with the
goals of reducing single-use plastics, promoting sustainable fishing, improving
coastal health and providing environmental education to local communities.
In order to raise awareness, the
hotels set out to spread this message of responsibility not only to employees,
customers and suppliers, but also to the local population. Iberostar Group has
an aim of becoming single-use plastic free by 2020 and carbon neutral by 2030, with
these initiatives helping them on this journey:
Compostable takeaway cups
Reusable gardening waste bags
Glass bottles instead of plastic bottles in
The U.S. Virgin Islands came in
second place with their education outreach project that involved a two-year
assessment of the Smith Bay/Water Bay area in St. Thomas, followed by the
production of an information brochure, numerous coastal clean-ups and
educational activities about watershed pollution and protection.
India received the third place
recognition for their integrated beach pollution facilities for waste and water
management. All eight Blue Flag beaches in India are managed on a “Zero Waste
and Zero Pollution” concept. To achieve this, the beach management has
installed bio-digester fitted toilet blocks and grey water processing at the
beaches, purified drinking water kiosks and has legally designated all Blue
Flag beaches ‘no plastic zones’.
To learn more about the three
winners, and to view many more inspiring best practice examples across a wide
range of topics from Blue Flag sites around the world, visit the Blue Flag best
practice database at www.blueflag.global/best-practices.
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