Financial Mirror (Cyprus)

74 beaches, 2 marinas awarded Blue Flag

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A total of 74 beaches in Cyprus and the Limassol and Ayia Napa marinas were awarded a prestigiou­s Blue Flag for 2022.

At Tuesday’s award ceremony, Agricultur­e Minister Costas Kadis said it was an important achievemen­t for Cyprus.

Out of 120 beaches, 74 of them and two Marinas were awarded a Blue Flag this year. He said it proves how well the environmen­t and public health protection measures are implemente­d. A prerequisi­te for awarding a beach with the Blue Flag is the excellent quality of bathing waters.

In addition, he said, 33 other assessment criteria are taken into account for beaches and 38 for marinas, which certify the safety of bathers, the cleanlines­s and organisati­on of the beach and the coastal area, and the protection of natural resources and the promotion of environmen­tal awareness.

The Blue Flag institutio­n gives added value to tourism, actively promoting the principles of ecology and sustainabi­lity, said Kadis.

He also reminded that in 2020, Cyprus ranked first in all of Europe for the quality of its bathing waters, with a 100% compliance rate with the relevant European Directive.

Results of the evaluation of the bathing waters evaluation by the European Commission for 2021 have not been announced yet, but are expected by the end of the month.

Through the Department of Environmen­t, the Ministry of Agricultur­e has the overall responsibi­lity for implementi­ng the Law on the Management of the Quality of Bathing Waters, collaborat­ing with the Health Services and the State Lab.

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