Posted on 14 February 2011
Turkey ranks third in blue-flagged coasts in the world
The number of blue-flagged coasts in Turkey rose to 258, making Turkey the third in blue-flagged coasts in the world, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Tuesday.
About 258 beaches and 13 marinas won blue flag in Turkey this year, thus making it just lag behind Spain with 455 blue flags and Greece with 430 blue flags, said the report.
“Blue flag” represents clean sea water as well as good environmental management which requires facilities and attaches importance to environmental education and information, said the report, quoting Turkish Foundation for Environmental Education (TURCEV).
The TURCEV was established in Turkey in 1993 with the aim to wage “Blue Flag Program” in the country. Turkey received blue flag for the first time in 1994 for 12 beaches and nine marinas.