A NATURE RESERVE LIKE VENDICARI IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE BLUE FLAG?
A NATURE RESERVE LIKE VENDICARI IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE BLUE FLAG?
Photo Source: Giuseppe Perdichizzi
With extreme amazement this year I'm finding that the beaches of Vendicari have definitely disappeared from the list of beaches awarded with the Blue Flag. How is that possible? How is it possible that one of the most immaculate nature reserves in Sicily has been excluded from the famous guarantee certificate of the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education)? From a reading to attribution criteria, on the official website, it is easy to see that the assignment of the Blue Flag responds to parameters that a nature reserve like Vendicari can not satisfy. Here are the main reasons.

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The FEE contemplates the "officially" seaside resorts that request it. In Vendicari, the bathing is in a certain sense "tolerated", in the radical respect of the environment: in fact all the "beach" behaviors are explicitly forbidden at each entry by ad hoc signage, such as the use of balls, rackets or the listening to loud music. In other words Vendicari is only unofficially a "seaside resort", insofar as the tourist flow does not oversoster the ecosystem. On its beaches there can therefore be no waste bins, differentiated or not: who goes to Vendicari, knows that any waste produced (and, above all, that do not necessarily have to be produced...) are brought back with them. Can you imagine a nature reserve with toilets (and related sewage systems) and changing rooms? With "buildings" and "beach equipment"? Equipping a natural reserve of structures compatible with obtaining the "desired" recognition means intervening with bulldozers, cement and anything else that can not be said to not alter the ecosystem.

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The Blue Flag award criteria are therefore incompatible with the nature reserve status. The Blue Flag beaches are now synonymous not only with beaches washed by clean, unpolluted water, but also equipped with services (emergency, bathing, security, environmental, information) "tourist friendly". Instead, Vendicari is primarily a nature reserve. Then you can also take a bath...

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In Ragusa, fifteen minutes from Agricamping Sophia, Cirica beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag. This is certainly a fantastic place, one of the most beautiful in Sicily, suitable for children, which we have already had the opportunity to talk about in an unsuspecting time.
Text Source: Antonino Rampulla
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