Blue Flag Global Announces 2020 Best Practice Competition Winners

Blue Flag Global Announces 2020 Best Practice Competition Winners

Blue Flag Global Announces 2020 Best Practice Competition Winners

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 rooms


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