Halifax's Waterfront now Canada's First Oceanic Blue Flag Candidate,
could become Atlantic Canada's First Blue Flag Award Winner
TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - The provincial agency charged with making
some of the province's shorelines into social, economic and heritage
centres has officially taken on the challenge for Halifax's Waterfront
to win the coveted international Blue Flag award. With this, Waterfront
Development Corporation (WDCL) has made a commitment to manage its
property to the strict environmental criteria outlined by the United
Nations endorsed eco-label for marinas and beaches.
This makes Halifax Canada's first Atlantic Blue Flag candidate
community, and could make the city's Waterfront an award winner as
early as next summer. To win the Blue Flag award, Halifax's Waterfront
will have to meet 24 criteria which cover everything from water
quality, environmental education and sustainable management to the
safety provisions and services marina users can expect to find when
"Waterfront Development looks forward to flying the Blue Flag as a
designated Blue Flag marina, enhancing our commitment to
environmentally responsible development projects and partnerships,"
said Adam Langley, Manager, Property Development & Marine Services,
Waterfront Development. "The Halifax Waterfront is the most visited
destination in Nova Scotia and an internationally renowned Tall Ships
host. This allows us to create exciting experiences at the water's
edge, educating visitors and locals about the sea and our part in
keeping it clean and healthy."
A unique feature of the program over many other eco-designations for
beaches and marinas is the emphasis on striking partnerships between
stakeholders and providing quality educational opportunities for
visitors and residents.
"I was out here at the beginning of the summer, and the enthusiasm of
the local government and community groups to bring the program to
Halifax was almost overwhelming," said Aidan Grove-White, Water
Programs Manager at Environmental Defence, the Canadian operator of the
Blue Flag Program. "Add to that Waterfront Development's plans to
really become a regional environmental and educational leader and I
think we may end up with one of the strongest Blue Flag marina
candidates in the world."
The Halifax Regional Municipality also had Birch Cove Beach assessed for
the Blue Flag program and Council is expected to make a decision on
whether to join in September.
Blue Flags currently fly at 3,650 sites in 44 countries around the
world, including 16 beaches and three marinas in Canada. More details
about Blue Flag and the certified marinas and beaches can be found on
the web site at www.blueflag.ca.
About Environmental Defence (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is the Canadian Operator of the Blue Flag
Program. Environmental Defence is Canada's most effective environmental
action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government,
business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life
About Waterfront Development Corporation (www.my-waterfront.ca): Waterfront Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation
developing the strategic potential of the Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax
and Lunenburg waterfronts. Revenues are reinvested in the waterfronts
to drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism and reflect and protect
SOURCE Environmental Defence
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