he 2021/2022 summer season in Brazil will have a record number of beaches and marinas awarded the Blue Flag, the main international certification dedicated to the management of beaches, marinas and tourism vessels. The announcement was made on Friday (1st) and confirms the nominations made by the program’s national jury, composed by the Ministry of Tourism and other agencies in the country, which recommended 22 beaches and 6 marinas. Compared to last season, Brazil increased by 16% the number of places with certification, when 24 were awarded.
Adding the beaches and marinas, the country will have a total of 28 places awarded by the initiative, being 15 in Santa Catarina, 5 in Rio de Janeiro, 3 in Bahia and 3 in São Paulo, one in Alagoas and another in Espírito Santo. The flag delivery ceremony is scheduled for November, at the start of the Blue Flag season in the southern hemisphere. See the list below.
For the minister of Tourism, Gilson Machado Neto, the increase in the number of certifications comes to seal the federal government’s commitment to environmental preservation, especially on the Brazilian coastline. “We are committed to offering clean, preserved and suitable places so that our tourists can enjoy our coast, which we can consider as one of the most beautiful in the world. We will continue working so that we can improve our destinations so that we can receive our tourists even better”, he pointed out.
To qualify for the Blue Flag, a series of criteria focused on environmental management, water quality, environmental education, safety and services, sustainable tourism and social responsibility must be met, maintained and proven annually. The main objective of the Program is to raise the level of participation and, consequently, awareness of society, entrepreneurs in the nautical segment and public managers regarding the need to protect the marine/coastal environments, encouraging the performance of actions that lead to the resolution of existing problems in the pursuit of quality and environmental protection.
The coordinator of the Blue Flag Program in Brazil, Leana Bernardi, highlighted that the award comes to overcome the challenges faced in recent times. “Due to the pandemic, it was difficult for some to carry out water bathing tests and certain activities related to the program. However, with the help of our partners, all criteria were met, gaining recognition from the national and international jury”, he concluded.
In addition to the MTur, the Ministry of Education and the Environment, the Secretariat of Coordination and Governance, Heritage of the Union of the Ministry of Economy, the Ambientes em Rede Institute, the Brazilian Nautical Association – ACATMAR, the Agency, are also part of the National Jury of the Program. Brazilian Coastal Management, the SOS Mata Atlântica Foundation, the Brazilian Water Rescue Society and the National Association of Municipal Environmental Agencies – ANAMMA . Annually, the entities meet to check compliance with the criteria and decide on which beaches, marinas and boats will be submitted to the International Jury.
The Blue Flag Program promotes sustainable development in freshwater and marine areas. The Program challenges local authorities and beach managers to achieve high quality standards in four themes: water quality, environmental management, environmental education and safety. Over the years, the Blue Flag has become a highly respected and recognized eco-label working to bring the tourism and environment sectors together locally, regionally and internationally.
The Blue Flag Program was created by FEE – Foundation for Environmental Education (www.fee.global), an international institution with several members representing their respective country. In Brazil, the National Operator of the Program is IAR – Instituto Ambientes em Rede ( www.iarbrasil.org.br ).
Beaches awarded in the 2021/2022 season:
Patacho Beach, Porto de Pedras – AL
Ponta de Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe Beach, Salvador – BA
Guarajuba Beach, Camaçari – BA
Itacimirim Beach, Camaçari – BA
Sereia Beach, Vila Velha – ES
Praia do Sossego, Niterói – RJ
Prainha, Rio de Janeiro – RJ
Praia da Reserva, Rio de Janeiro – RJ
Praia do Peró, Cabo Frio – RJ
Praia Grande, Governor Celso Ramos – SC
Estaleiro Beach, Balneário Camboriú – SC
Estaleirinho Beach, Balneário Camboriú – SC
Piçarras Beach – Balneário Piçarras – SC
Quatro Ilhas Beach, Bombinhas – SC
Mariscal Beach, Bombinhas – SC
Praia da Conceição, Bombinhas – SC
Prainha, São Francisco do Sul – SC
Praia do Forte, São Francisco do Sul – SC
Praia Grande, Penha – SC
Vovó Basin Beach, Penha – SC
Praia da Saudade, Penha – SC
Tombo Beach, Guarujá – SP
Marinas awarded in the 2021/2022 season:
Marina Costabella, Angra dos Reis – RJ
Tedesco Marina – Balneário Camboriú – SC
Marina Itajaí, Itajaí – SC
Santa Catarina Yacht Club (central headquarters), Florianópolis – SC
National Marinas, Guarujá – SP
Marina Kauai, Ubatuba – SP