Turkey ranks third in the world with “blue flag” beaches

Turkey ranks third in the world with “blue flag” beaches

Turkey ranks third in the world with beaches; 519 beaches with “blue flag”.

Turkey maintained its place in the Blue Flag, one of the world’s most distinguished tourism and environmental awards, this year as well. The number of awarded beaches in Turkey, which is the third country with the highest number of blue flags in the world after Spain and Greece, increased by 33 this year to 519. 

Murad Korum is Turkey’s Minister of Environment and Urban Planning. He tweeted that the country ranks third in the world with 519 beaches with the “blue flag” sign. “With environmental investments, the quality of seawater is maintained,” he said. “This quality is improving every year.” As a result, the number of beaches with a blue flag, which is an indicator of the cleanliness of the seas, is increasing rapidly.

He stressed that our goal for 2023 is to get the first world rank. What is a blue flag? Blue flags in EU member states are used as microbiological parameters to determine the quality of water. The purpose of this flag is to swim in pools and seas, which acts as a necessary guide and rules. The Turkish Environmental Education Foundation, as the sole head of the International Environmental Education Foundation, has been carrying out activities related to the blue flag since 1993. According to international practice, this award is given once a year and is monitored every summer. Seawater cleanliness, the importance of environmental management, activities related to environmental awareness, meeting the needs of users of beaches and piers and ensuring environmental safety are among the indicators of the Blue Flag Award. The award includes 33 indicators for beaches and 25 indicators for piers.

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