The blue flag is awarded following a rigorous and painstaking selection process.

A selection that takes place following a comparative examination of the data acquired and processed directly by Fee-Italia relating to: water quality, the quality of the coast, the quality of services and safety measures, environmental education.

Cervia has been afforded this prestigious recognition every year since 1999, and was also awarded a Blue Flag in 1991, 1996 and 1997. In 2014, 140 Italian municipalities were awarded the Blue Flag, including 9 resorts in Emilia Romagna.

An important acknowledgment that is confirmation of the excellent work carried out on Cervia’s beaches and which once again recognises the firm commitment to safeguarding the territory through the respect and protection of the environment and nature, as well as the improvement in the quality of the services laid on for tourists. In fact, environmental education and the management of the territory are priority issues among the criteria considered for the awarding of the Blue Flag, and the indicators include: functioning cleaning facilities; waste management with particular focus on reducing waste production, separate waste collection and the management of hazardous waste; care for the local environment and the beaches; the possibility of all beach users accessing the sea with no limitations.

The entire town is extremely proud of its Blue Flag status, the result of a joint effort and a process carried out by together by the public and the private sector, also in accordance with the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, created to protect the social and cultural identities of tourist resorts. According to the principles of sustainable tourism, with which the Blue Flag programme complies, local cultures and traditions must be preserved as they are key factors in the attraction of tourists.
With this in mind, in association with local fishing businesses the Municipality of Cervia participates in the “Blue Flag – Environmental Fishing” project.

The main goal of this project is to raise the fishing industry’s awareness of environmental issues pertaining to the sea and to get businesses to sign an Environmental Fishing Code of Conduct.