The Blue Flag Award is a voluntary eco-label program ran by a non-governmental institution, the Denmark's Foundation for Environmental Education, that compiles a selection of organized beaches around the world (currently 37 countries and more than 3.300 beaches), based on certain criteria like the water quality, infrastructures, services and environmental activities.
During the 2007 season Greece ranked 2nd with 430 awarded beaches. Rhodes can be proud of its shores. Every year the island wins around 33 Blue Flags, for beaches selected for their cleanliness & organized infrastructure, making it the region with the cleanest beaches in the European Union. The cherished flags, which are only awarded to organized beaches equipped to deal with large numbers of bathers. Blue Flags in Dodecanissa Islands.