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Blue Flag Programme Cooperation

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  • Potter at Island Resources
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1 12:13 PM
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      At 8:35 PM -0400 5/31/01, Mabel Sanabria wrote:

      > Caribbean Blue Flag Campaign
      >(BARBADOS, May 30, 2001) The Caribbean Conservation Association
      >(CCA), Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Caribbean Alliance for
      >Sustainable Tourism (CAST) and the Quality Tourism for the Caribbean
      >(QTC) established a regional consortium responsible for the
      >implementation of the Caribbean Blue Flag (CBF) Campaign. The newly
      >formed consortium has received the formal approval from the
      >Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe (FEEE) and the
      >generous support of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The
      >work of the consortium will be lead by CTO, and will also receive
      >the technical support of UNEP and FEEE.
      >
      >
      >Blue Flag (BF) is a voluntary certification scheme for beaches and
      >marinas operating in Europe by the Foundation for Environmental
      >Education in Europe (FEEE) since middle 80's. It has proven to be
      >effective as an environmental tool to enhance safety management and
      >environmental quality of beaches and marinas.
      >
      >The consortium met at CTO's offices in Barbados to discuss the
      >inter-agency agreement, working relationship with FEEE and a working
      >plan for the establishment of the Caribbean Blue Flag Campaign.
      >The working plan is divided into two main phases: draft criteria and
      >the pilot phase.
      >
      >The criteria will be developed by the consortium in consultation
      >with Caribbean countries and FEEE to reflect the environmental as
      >well as social and cultural conditions of the region. The criteria
      >address four areas: Water Quality, Environmental Education and
      >Information, Environmental Management and Safety and Services.
      >Special consideration will be given to regional standards including
      >the already adopted water quality standards of the Aruba Protocol of
      >Land Based Sources and Activities of Marine Pollution of the
      >Cartagena Convention.
      >
      >In the pilot phase, scheduled to launch in October, 2001, the
      >criteria will be tested at selected beaches in several countries. A
      >final set of criteria will be developed based on the experiences of
      >the pilot beaches and a full fledged Caribbean Blue Flag Campaign
      >will then be launched.
      >
      >The establishment of the inter-agency consortium for the CBFC is the
      >main outcome of the Feasibility Evaluation Workshop held in Puerto
      >Rico in December 1999 organized by UNEP, WTO and FEEE which was
      >attended by environmental and tourism stakeholders from Dominican
      >Republic, Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St
      >Kitts & Nevis and St Lucia. A feasibility study was done under the
      >coordination of CAST confirmed the capacity of the region to
      >undertake this initiative.
      >
      >CAST is a subsidiary of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) whose
      >mission is to support Caribbean hoteliers in effective management of
      >their environmental resources and to market the Caribbean as a world
      >leader in the sustainable tourism effort. CAST has worked to bring
      >sustainable tourism awareness to the forefront of every agenda in
      >the private and public sectors in the region, and has achieved much
      >success in these endeavors. Through projects, training, research
      >and advocacy, CAST has become a vital component to meeting the
      >standards set forth by Agenda 21, a blueprint for securing the
      >sustainable future of the planet into the 21st century.
      >
      >
      >For more information about the Caribbean Blue Flag Campaign, contact
      >Mercedes Silva at CTO msilva@...
      ><<mailto:msilva@...>mailto:msilva@...>
      >246-427-5242 and for more information about the Blue Flag Campaign
      >in general, visit www.blueflag.org
      >
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