The Blue Flag for the 2021 summer season has been awarded by the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, and the International Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), to 27 beaches and one marina on the Moroccan coast. This is one more beach than the previous year: the municipalities in charge of the labelled beaches have maintained their efforts and have not been discouraged by the health situation of the summer 2020 and the uncertain prospects of the upcoming summer 2021.
The Blue Flag is a real asset. This demanding international label not only requires excellent bathing water quality, but also insists on safety, beach and backshore development, and environmental awareness.
The Blue Flag label leads to an improvement in the management of beaches and prepares the municipalities in charge of them to make additional organizational efforts. In 2020, the Foundation had produced a guide-book for beach management in the context of the pandemic. Its recommendations, which deal with issues such as social distancing, respect of health barriers and the distribution of hydroalcoholic gel, will be maintained on beaches open to bathing.
Controls carried out by the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection during the summer of 2020 have shown that the Blue Flag beaches comply not only with the specifications of the label, but also with those of the health authorities.
Based on their experience with the label and following a first summer with Covid-19, the beaches are prepared for all eventualities for the summer of 2021, which holiday-makers are waiting for with great expectation.
The Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection supports local governments with training and management tools so that they can offer holiday-makers a safe environment for their relaxation, with the help of the General Directorate of Local Government, the relevant ministerial departments and economic partners. Labelled municipalities take over the complete management of the beaches that fall within their jurisdiction: maintenance, cleanliness, equipment, safety, training, awareness and accessibility.
The Foundation has been awarding the international Blue Flag label created by the International Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) every year since 2002. the flag is hoisted on 4743 beaches and marinas in 47 countries in Europe, Africa, America, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Each year, after a long preparation and evaluation by the programme, the label is awarded to the coastal municipalities that are in charge of the management of the beaches.