This indicator is a state indicator. Blue Flag is an international environmental award given to beaches, marinas and yachts having reached to a standard as stated in the criteria. Blue Flag applications which began in 1987 in Europe and in 1993 in Turkey, aim to establish high standards in beaches, marinas and yachts.
In the period from 1994-2017, the number of Blue Flag in Turkey increased steadily and reached to 454 beaches, 22 marinas and 13 yachts in 2017.
In our country, the scope of Blue Flag Programme carried out under the coordination of Turkey Environmental Education Foundation (TÜRÇEV), our country ranks third with 454 beaches, followed Spain (578) and Greece (486) in 2017. As for marinas, Turkey ranked 7th in the World.
GRAPH 126- THE NUMBER OF BLUE FLAG BEACHES, MARINAS AND YACHTS BY YEARS IN TURKEY
Source: Ministry of Culture and Tourism