It is managed internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and locally, in South Africa, by the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA). Acquiring the coveted Blue Flag status helps encourage improved ecosystem and environmental management by municipalities and the safer, cleaner and better managed facilities enhance tourism.
Look out for a Blue Flag flying at some beaches in KZN where the local municipalities are certified to have complied with the programme’s criteria and standards.
Blue Flag Status
Blue Flag Stewardship Programme
WESSA in partnership with the National Department of Tourism set up the The Tourism Blue Flag Project which aims to improve tourism facilities and services offered at Blue Flag beaches across South Africa, while also providing youth employment opportunities. Through this project, 200 participants will be employed in the role of “Beach Stewards” and hosted by local coastal municipalities at Blue Flag sites. The participants will also receive accredited training in environmental education and practical work experience, with the ultimate aim of developing them for further employment in the coastal tourism sector (the “Blue Economy”).
For more information visit WESSA's website or contact:
021 701 1397
064 880 0491