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Daily Current Affairs – 2020
Topic: For Prelims and Mains
Blue Flag Certification
4th December 2019
Why in news?
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has embarked upon a programme for ‘Blue Flag’ Certification for select beaches in the country.
Blue Flag Certification:
Blue Flag is an international award presented to well manage beaches with excellent water quality and environmental education programmes.
The certification is issued by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
Blue Flag criteria include standards for water quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services and general environmental management criteria.
The Award is given to beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators as an indication of their high environmental and quality standards.
Awards are issued on an annual basis to FEE member countries.
Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE):
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation promoting sustainable development through environmental education.
FEE conducts mainly five programmes such as
Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE)
Learning about Forests (LEAF) and
It was established in 1981.
It’s headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Note – 13 pilot beaches have been identified for the certification from India.
National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan (NOSDCP)
Why in news?
In a reply to a question in RajyaSabha the Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) and Chemicals & Fertilizers, said that the Government has developed a standard operating procedure for all ports in the country to deal with oil spills and other accidents that can damage the marine ecology surrounding the ports.
Under the Scheme 10 Major Ports and 8 Non Major Ports have been provided financial assistance so far for procurement of Oil Spill Response (OSR) equipment as per specifications suggested in NOSDCP-2015.
National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan (NOSDCP):
National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan (NOSDCP) delineates the role and responsibility of various authorities including ports during an oil spill.
Plan aims to develop appropriate and effective systems for the detection and reporting of spillage of oil.
Annual calendar is published for conduct of different levels of exercises involving various stakeholders for exercising their capabilities in mitigating risk of oil spills in their area of jurisdiction.
As per NOSDCP, ports are required to be capable of handling tier-I level of oil spill within their jurisdiction.
An oil spill is the release of a liquid petroleum hydrocarbon into the environment,
Especially the marine ecosystem,
Due to human activity, and is a form of pollution.
Facts for Prelims
Hornbill Festival :
20th Edition of Hornbill Festival begins in Nagaland.
Hornbill Festival was established on 1st December 1963, but the first festival was held in 2000.
Hornbill Festival is celebrated in Nagaland.
Duration: It is annually held from 1 – 10 December.
Organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departmentsof the Government of Nagaland.
The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions.
The Hornbill Festival provides a colorful mixture of dances, performances, crafts, parades, games, sports, food fairs and religious ceremonies.
The 8th India-China joint training exercise ‘HAND-IN-HAND 2019’ with the theme counter terrorism under United Nations mandate is scheduled to be conduct at Umroi, Meghalaya.
The aim of the exercise is to practice joint planning and conduct of counter terrorist operations in semi urban terrain.