Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italy's clean beaches on the rise in 2013

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Rome, May 14 - The number of Italian beaches to be
awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award for clean water and
pristine sands has risen this year, the international Foundation
for Environmental Education (FEE) said on Tuesday.
Italian seaside resorts awarded with a Blue Flag in 2013
were 135, four more than last year, for a total of 248 top
beaches.
Some 86% of last year's Blue Flag beaches were confirmed
this year while nine new entries included resorts in Carrara,
Tuscany, Francavilla al mare in Abruzzo and a lake beach resort
in Levico Terme, in the northeastern Trentino-Alto Adige region.
The northwest coastal region of Liguria has the cleanest
beaches in Italy, 20, two more than last year, followed by the
central Marche region with 18 and Tuscany with 17, one more than
last year.
Among Italian islands, Sardinia, known worldwide for its
crystalline waters and luxury Emerald Coast resorts, received an
added Blue Flag for a total of seven while Sicily lost one, for
a total of four Blue Flag beaches.
Blue Flag looks at sustainable development employing strict
criteria on water quality, environmental education and
management, safety and services.
Blue Flag has worked with the United Nations' Environment
Programme and analysed beaches and marinas worldwide since 1987
to monitor quality and cleanliness.

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