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Sri Lanka Aims for Tourist Attraction with ‘Blue Flag Beach’ Certification: Key Officials Discuss

by Staff

On February 20, under the leadership of Member of Parliament Ajith Mannapperuma, the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Sustainable Development convened to deliberate on an initiative poised to transform Sri Lanka’s coastal allure. The meeting, a confluence of key officials from various sectors, underscored the nation’s ambition to enhance its beaches through the ‘Blue Flag Beach’ certification, a marker of quality and safety for tourists. The presence of Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa amplified the session’s significance, highlighting a unified stride towards sustainable tourism development.

Unveiling the Blue Flag Vision

The committee chair accentuated the magnetic appeal of beaches adorned with the ‘Blue Flag Beach’ quality certificate to tourists worldwide. This certification is not merely a badge of honor but a testament to a beach’s safety, environmental management, and amenity quality. The discussion was not without introspection, as the chair candidly addressed the current shortfall in Sri Lanka’s beach development efforts necessary for acquiring this prestigious certification. With 12 main beaches identified for the ‘Blue Flag Beach’ concept and steps underway to elevate four to the required standards, the initiative is gaining momentum.

Challenges and Solutions

Amid the strategic planning and optimistic projections, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa raised a critical concern regarding the specter of unauthorized constructions along the picturesque coastlines, a challenge that could mar the pristine nature of the beaches and hinder the certification process. This intervention underscored the need for a holistic approach to coastal management, encompassing not only infrastructural upgrades but also stringent regulatory measures to preserve the natural beauty and integrity of Sri Lanka’s beaches.

Collaborative Efforts and Future Prospects

The meeting witnessed the convergence of ideas and visions from representatives of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, Ministry of Tourism and Lands, Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Department of Coastal Conservation and Coastal Resource Management, Maritime Environment Protection Authority, and Sri Lanka Ports Authority. This collaborative spirit hints at a robust framework in place for realizing the ‘Blue Flag Beach’ ambition. With concerted efforts and strategic interventions, Sri Lanka stands on the cusp of redefining its coastal landscapes, promising a future where its beaches are not just destinations but sanctuaries of environmental excellence and safety.

As Sri Lanka embarks on this ambitious journey towards securing the ‘Blue Flag Beach’ certification for its coastal jewels, the path is fraught with challenges yet ripe with opportunities. This initiative, beyond boosting tourism, is poised to foster a culture of sustainability and environmental stewardship, setting a precedent for coastal management and conservation. The dialogue between government officials and opposition voices reflects a commendable synergy, vital for navigating the complexities of environmental certification and ensuring that Sri Lanka’s beaches become hallmarks of quality and safety on the global stage.

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