Blue Flag Programme Cooperation
- 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
>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@...
>246-427-5242 and for more information about the Blue Flag Campaign
>in general, visit www.blueflag.org