The Number Of Blue Flag Beaches In Izmir Has Increased
THE NUMBER OF BLUE FLAG PUBLIC BEACHES IN TURKEY INCREASES BY 25 PERCENT
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which established a Blue Flag Coordination Unit for the first time in Turkey, increased the number of Blue Flag beaches in the city. The Coordination Unit will also carry out studies on corona virus measures on beaches during the normalization process. According to 2020 data, Izmir has 52 Blue Flag beaches, 24 of which are public beaches.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which has established a Blue Flag Coordination Unit for the first time in Turkey property, has increased the number of Blue Flag public beaches in the city by 25 percent as part of its coordination efforts since November 2019. Under the leadership of the Blue Flag Coordination Unit, five more public beaches in Izmir won the Blue Flag this year. Thus, according to 2020 data, the number of Blue Flag public beaches in Izmir was 24 and the total number of Blue Flag beaches, including the beaches of private facilities, was 52. Çeşme Ilica public beach for the first time this summer, Güzelbahçe II. Port public beach, Urla TCDD Urla training and recreation facilities, Urla Blue Beach and Urla Çamlıçay Public Beach will serve as a Blue Flag.
The Blue Flag Coordination Unit aims to increase the number of Blue Flag public beaches in house regions in Izmir, to raise the standards of Izmir beaches in terms of swimming water quality, environmental management and life safety and to ensure the best implementation of the Blue Flag criteria. The unit will also organize courses to increase the number of lifeguards that are insufficient for safe beaches and carry out environmental education and awareness activities throughout the year.
CORONA VIRUS MEASURES IN SWIMMING AREAS
The Blue Flag coordination efforts in the normalization process included measures to be taken in beach and swimming areas in the “Covid-19 outbreak management and Study Guide”published by the Ministry of Health. In this context, corona virus precautions and rules to be followed will be transferred to participants in lifeguard courses. The unit will provide online training for Blue Flag Officers and Beach employees on the rules of Hygiene and social distance to be followed at the beach. In addition, signs and posters containing the beach rules will be placed on the beaches in cooperation with the district municipalities.
BLUE FLAG BEACHED AEGEAN SEA
The Blue Flag is an international environmental award given to qualified Beach, marina and yachts. There are 33 Blue Flag criteria for beaches, 38 for marinas and 17 for yachts. These criteria are gathered under the titles of swimming water quality, environmental education and information, Environmental Management, life safety and services at the beach. All sanitary facilities on the beaches must be connected to a package treatment plant or a municipal treatment plant. May - October) sea water samples are taken 15 days apart during the summer season (may-October months) in accordance with the swimming water quality regulation for Blue Flag Island beaches and microbiological analysis is carried out. Results of the analyses conducted by the Provincial Directorate of Health it is regularly shared at the address.
IZMIR REFINING LEADER
Izmir is third in Turkey after Antalya and Muğla with 52 Blue Flag beaches, including private beaches. Under the Blue Flag program implemented in 50 countries around the world, Turkey ranks third after Spain and Greece in number of award-winning beaches. The refining campaign initiated by Izmir with the aim of floating Gulf is very effective in increasing the number of Blue Flag beaches in the city. IZSU General Directorate today has 68 wastewater treatment plants. Izmir's domestic waste is treated with advanced biological methods, of which 6 are natural, 39 are biological, and 23 are in accordance with EU standards. In Izmir, the amount of waste water per person treated according to EU standards is 61.4 cubic meters per year. Izmir real estate and lands ranks first in Turkey with the number of refining in the European Union standards, the amount of water treatment per capita and the rate of refining in the EU standards.