Applications for Blue Flag Status Open

The Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) recently announced that the applications for the 2017/2018 Blue Flag season are open.

While the successful 2016/17 Blue Flag season is drawing to a close at many of the Western Cape’s beaches, the current season is still in full swing and runs until 31 October at many other beaches along our coastline and also at the Blue Flag marinas and sustainable tourism boating operators.

One of the beaches awarded with Blue Flag status during the 2016/2017 season was Fish Hoek. To read all about it, and find out what it takes to achieve this label, click here.

Blue Flag is an international, voluntary eco-label that focuses on the conservation of marine and coastal habitats, and is designed to provide environmental education, raise awareness and promote sound environmental practices among tourists, local populations and beach managers. It has become a global symbol of quality for beaches, boats and marinas that meet high standards of excellence in a number of criteria.

The programme is managed by WESSA in South Africa, in partnership with participating coastal municipalities.