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ecological blue flag ~ bandera azul ecologica
Samara - a clean and beautiful beach
Samara Beach -- a beautiful white sand beach on the Pacific coast, now proudly flies again the Ecological Blue Flag of Costa Rica. Thanks to all who worked to achieve our Blue Flag status and a clean, safe beach in Samara.
The Ecological Blue Flag Program
The ecological Blue Flag is awarded to those beaches which have improved their sanitary conditions with the result of cleaner, safer quality water.
The Blue Flag Ecological Program was created in response to the imminent dangers of beach pollution, its repercussions on public health and the tourism industry. It has reached its twelfth year of operations, with a marked increase that began in 2002.
The Ecological Blue Flag is granted annually to those communities and local schools that have reached, at a minimum, 90% of that which is required by the end of the year. In the case of coastal communities that belong to the Blue Flag program, additional efforts will be recognized for two and now even four stars if they make efforts in other considered areas to achieve overall development, within the proposed focus.
As part of its BAE program objectives that recently began within the coastal communities, and those maritime areas affected by institutions, the Costa Rica Tourism Institute defines program goals that designate personal technicians and economic resources to support the initiative and take on related field work in order to verify that the program's promoted lines of action are fulfilled by the communities.
Since the beginning, the ICT, together with the National Water and Sewer Service (AyA), regarding that related to BAE – Coastal Communities, have assumed follow-up and other responsibilities for the efforts made by beach institutions that have signed up for the program. For example, the AyA technical team is responsible for sea-water analysis, human water consumption, and coastal quality with respect to water and industrial waste. These are carried out by means of laboratory tests, while following microbiological procedures and parameters previously established. The ICT's technical team is responsible for inorganic waste, trash cans, environmental education, security and administration, and that related to base parameters.
Blue flags flies now in Samara Beach. Click here to enlarge
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