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The "Blue Flag" certificate was awarded to 20 bathing sites and 3 yacht ports
All rigorous environmental assessment criteria are met and there is no concern about the possibility of a quality rest in these places.
The certificate of the certification program „Blue Flag” of the Foundation for Environmental Education has been awarded to all 20 proposed bathing sites and 3 yacht ports.
This year's certificate was awarded to both bathing sites in the Gulf of Riga and the coast of the Baltic Sea: Vakarbuļļi and Vecāķi bathing places in Riga, Jūrmala city Jaunķemeri, Bulduri, Dubulti, Dzintari, Kauguri, Majori and Melluži bathing sites, the bathing site of Saulkrasti centre, Engure region camping bathing site "Abragciems", Ventspils City Beach, Liepāja city bathing sites of Dienvidrietumi and Beberliņi and the bathing site near the stadium.
The highest environmental requirements are also met by the lake bathing sites in different regions of Latvia: Daugavpils city bathing site "Stropu Vilnis" and the Stropu lake bathing site, Jēkabpils city Radžu water reservoir, Kuldīga city Mārtiņsalas bathing site and Limbaži city Lielezera bathing site.
The certificate in the yacht ports category was awarded to "Jūrmala Port", "Liepāja Marina" and "Pāvilosta Marina".
Having reviewed the results of the „Blue Flag” certificate of previous years and evaluating applications for the following season, the National Jury has also endorsed a series of recommendations to be made in order to continue to meet the "Blue Flag" standards. The criteria become more and more stringent every year. At the moment, in order to obtain a certificate, bathing sites must meet 33 criteria, while yacht ports have 36 criteria.
In Latvia, the "Blue Flag" candidates are evaluated by a National Jury consisting of representatives of various institutions and organizations involved in sustainable management and environmental protection.
Last year 4423 "Blue flags" fluttered in 45 countries in the world, 21 of them in Latvia.