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The Blue Flag


Fee Foundation for Environmental Education


The beach of Cattolica was distinguished in the following years with the blue flag:
(1988, 1989, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

Foundation for Environmental Education is a network of no profit organisations promoting environmental education.
It’s present in 25 countries

This community has been awarded the Blue Flag. The Blue Flag is an environmental award, given to communities that make a special effort to keep their beaches and marinas clean and manage them with consideration for the local environment.

This effort is first and foremost for you:

So that you and your family can visit clean and safe environments. So that your community maintains a basis for sound development.

Welcome to the Blue Flag!

FEE’s Blue Flag Campaign is operated
in the following countries:

Belgio / Belgium / Belgien
Bulgaria / Bulgaria / Bulgarien
Croazia / Croatia / Kroatien
Cipro / Cyprus / Zypern
Danimarca / Denmark / Dänemark
Estonia / Estonia / Estland
Finlandia / Finland / Finnland
Francia / France / Frankreich
Germania / Germany / Deutschland
Gran Bretagna / Great Britain / Gross Britanien
Grecia / Greece / Griechenland
Irlanda / Ireland / Irland
Islanda / Iceland / Island
Italia / Italy / Italien
Lettonia / Lalvia / Lettland
Lituania / Lithuania / Litauen
Olanda / Netherland / Niederlande
Norvegia / Norway / Norwegen
Portogallo / Portugal / Portugal
Romania / Rumania / Rumanien
Slovenia / Slovenia / Slowenien
Spagna / Spain / Spanien
Sud Africa / South Africa / SUdafrika
Svezia / Sweden / Schweden
Turchia / Turkey / Türkei

The following institutions collaborate with the Italian Section:

  • ANPA del Ministero dell’Ambiente
  • Comando dei Carabinieri per la tutela dell’ Ambiente
  • Comando Generale delle Capitanerie di Porto
  • ENEA
  • Consorzio Obbligatorio degli Oli Usati (COOU)
  • Consorzio Obbiigatorio Batterie al piombo esauste e rifiuti piombosi (COBAT)

via Tronto, 20 – 00198 Roma


Facts about the Blue Flag

  • Only local authorities can apply for the Blue Flag for beaches sometimes in cooperation with private beach operators. For marinas both private and public marina operators can apply.
  • The Blue Flag Campaign promotes partnerships and voluntary action of actors in tourism and environment
  • The Blue Flag for beaches covers 1) water quality, 2) coastal quality, 3) safety, services and facilities and 4) environmental education.
  • The Blue Flag for marinas covers 1) marina quality, 2) safety, services and facilities and 3) environmental education and information.
  • The Blue Flag is only valid as long as the criteria are fulfilled. Beaches and marinas are obligated to take the Blue Flag down when this is not the case.
  • The national FEE organisation checks the Blue Flag sites in the Summer.
  • FEE shall ensure informative, clean and safe beaches and marinas for the public.

Help the Blue Flag Beaches and Marinas to live up to the standard!

There are 26 criteria for the Blue Flag for Beaches and 15 criteria for the Blue Flag for Marinas

Tell FEE about your experiences with the Blue Flag, then you help us ensure that the Blue Flag standard is met. You can also help by telling the local mayor’s office or marina operator how well you think they live up to the Blue Flag standard.

You will find all of the useful addresses of the Blue Flag Campaign elsewhere in this site.

Here is a highlight of the criteria for beaches:

  • compliance with a specified, high standard of water quality
  • that there is no release of industrial or other waste water
  • that there is an emergency plan for pollution incidents
  • that there is an environmental plan for the development and use of the coastal area of the community
  • that there are no signs of gross pollution from oil, human waste or other sources
  • that there are sufficient litter bins on the beach to keep it clean
  • that the beach is cleaned on a regular basis
  • that water quality information is published on the beach
  • that Blue Flag information is published on the beach
  • that environmental activities are offered to the public
  • that there are sufficient public toilets by the beach
  • that there are lifeguards or sufficient lifesaving equipment to respond to an accident anywhere on the beach
  • that there is no camping on the beach
  • that there are restrictions on dogs on the beach
  • that it is safe and easy to get to the beach
  • that recreational activities do not endanger any beach visitor
  • that the beach activities do not interfere with nature protection
  • that the beach facilities are properly maintained
  • that there are access and facilities for people with disabilities
  • that there is a free source of drinking water
  • that there are public telephones

Here is a highlight of the criteria for marinas:

  • that the water and surroundings of the marina are clean
  • that there is no sewage released into the marina
  • that there are waste facilities in the marina, for household wastes as well as for oil, paints and other hazardous waste
  • that there are adequate and clean sanitary facilities, including washing facilities and access to drinking water
  • that are sufficient public toilets
  • that there is lifesaving equipment and provisions for fire fighting and other emergencies
  • that the marina provides you with environmental information
  • that the marina provides information about the Blue Flag
  • that the marina can receive toilet tank waste and bilge water
  • that the marina prevents release of hazardous waste from boat repairing and preparations facilities
  • that there is public lighting and power available

But there is also another way that you can help to keep this environment healthy and clean

As a beach visitor you can:

  • use the litter bins provided on the beach
  • walk, rent a bike or take the local bus to get to the beach
  • follow instructions of local beach codes, also about safety
  • respect the nature of the beach and its surroundings
  • limit your use of water and electricity where you are staying
  • specifically choose a holiday site that cares for its environment

As a marina visitor you can:

  • bring all your waste back to be disposed into bins on land
  • dispose of oil, paints, cleaners and other chemicals only into designated containers
  • use the toilets and washing facilities of the marina – do not use the boat toilet when in the marina or close to shore
  • limit your use of chemicals as much as possible
  • respect the nature near the marina and where you sail
  • specifically choose a marina that cares for its environment

The environment health is for you, as for us the most important target