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Acquire a flag

In order to acquire a flag, a certain criteria must be met.. This includes Annual Compliance in order to maintain ones standing as a WhiteFlag holder.

Who can apply?

White Flag holders can include:

  • Hotels
  • Resorts
  • Public beaches
  • National parks
  • Marinas
  • Cruise ships
  • Shipping companies
  • Municipalities, cities and countries

These groups are created to ensure that their local marine areas are cleared of debris. Whiteflag International, with the help of GUWAA, provides knowledgeable divers with the expertise to remove the debris in a non-destructive manner, having removed hundreds of thousands of tons of marine garbage worldwide. Cleaning the oceans, lakes, and rivers requires the work of divers. Seabeds, riverbeds and lakebeds are fragile environments that are easily harmed and destroyed by any machinery that is used for cleaning purposes and this is where Whiteflag provides the experience in eco-cleaning.

Whiteflag International also helps create the awareness locally by providing each location with the materials and information to educate their users on how to maintain debris free water.

Criteria

In order to acquire the White Flag, each institution must sign a contract agreeing to the following:

  • Initial inspection of the seabed by approved divers who will GPS mark the critical areas and photo document the debris
  • Whiteflag International establishes the most ecologically sound method for cleaning and, in conjunction with the establishment, arrange for local resources to recycle and properly dispose of the removed items 
  • Debris is sorted and recorded for a long term documentation, to be shared with other environmental organizations working on marine litter and water conservation
  • Public Relations materials are to be posted (signs, maps, eco-education info) to ensure that patrons understand the importance of marine pollution and that the establishment prioritizes clean water
  • The contract is of a duration of 5 years consisting of one time-fee for the initial inspection, clean up, eco-education material, a White Flag ceremony and an annual maintenance fee including inspection

The holders of the White Flag directly support the protection of the world's seas, lakes, and rivers by performing local cleanups. A percentage of the profit from each White Flag goes directly to GUWAA, an association that works to clean the waterways globally, via divers hands, on practical cleanups worldwide. GUWAA has acquired world-wide credibility through showing visual results by salvaging enormous amounts of garbage from the bottoms of the world's seas, lakes, and rivers.

Annual compliance

Created to ensure that local marine areas will be cleared of debris annually. Whiteflag International provides knowledgeable divers with the expertise to remove the debris in a non-destructive manner, having removed hundreds of thousands of tons of marine garbage worldwide. Cleaning the oceans, lakes, and rivers requires the work of divers. Seabeds, riverbeds, and lakebeds are fragile environments that are easily harmed and destroyed by any machinery that is used for cleaning purposes and this is where Whiteflag International provides the experience in eco-cleaning.
 
Holders of White Flags agree to an annual inspection and removal of debris, maintaining pristine seabed conditions.

Application form

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