Green Coast Award logo

The Green Coast Award is for beaches in Wales and Ireland which meet EC bathing water quality standards and provide a natural, unspoilt environment, meaning that “the special character of such a beach may not be compatible with the level of infrastructure and intensive management generally associated with more urban, traditional seaside resort beaches”.

The Green Coast Award fills a gap left by the Blue Flag Programme. Like the Blue Flag, the Green Coast Award has clear objectives and community involvement in coastal management.

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Blue Flag logo

The Blue Flag is an eco-label awarded to thousands of beaches and marinas across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean.

The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development at beaches/marinas through strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services. The Programme includes environmental education and information for the public, decision makers and tourism operators. For boats there is a code of conduct.

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The Green Key to your holiday

February 20, 2008

Green Key logo

Eco-labels are for services too, not just for products.

The Green Key

is a diploma awarded companies within tourism: hotels, youth hostels, conference- and holiday centres, campsites, holidayhouses, leisure facilities and restaurants.

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It’s not that I dislike or disapprove of sport, certainly not. I just don’t know much about it. Or do it often. This weekend I found several reasons which might change my mind.

Paddington Station was pretty busy on Friday evening. I’d timed my arrival there to catch the first “cheap” (which only means cheaper than standard fare) train out. So there’s the crowd for the 6.45pm train standing around, watching the departures board. The lights change and spell out “Platform 4”. It’s a lineout: they chuck the information overhead, and whoever catches it first gets to run for the best seat.

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