During these last years Malta has adopted the Blue Flag beaches (BF). This is a standard of quality for the beaches to provide a first quality service to all Maltese and tourists alike. Everyone can benefit from the good use of the coast and at the same time respecting the natural environment of the beach.
The Blue Flag Program is owned and run by the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE) based in Denmark. The BF for 2016 has been awarded to 4154 beaches and marinas in 49 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.
It adopts a sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria with water quality, environment education and information, environment management and safety apart from other services.
To achieve a Blue Flag (BF) award the beach has to satisfy all of the set BF criteria.
On the other hand a Beach of Quality (BOQ) award is achieved of over 70% of the criteria are achieved.
The Malta Tourist Authority is responsible for the beach management of the Blue Flag international Criteria for Malta and Gozo
The Blue Flag Program was started in 2006 and this year in 2016 Malta has nine BF beaches. The award is only valid for one year and the requirements have to be met again the following year.
The following criteria are provided for each beach between mid-June to September of each year for eight hours everyday all week.
For this year Malta has been awarded nine quality flags for its efforts in the sustainable management of beaches.
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Eight beaches qualified to Blue Flag international standards and another one as Beach of Quality which achieved over 70% of the criteria required for a Blue Flag.
Blue Flag Beaches in Malta and Gozo are there to be enjoyed by all.