“BEach Clean” campaign to reduce marine litter in Mediterranean, kicked off
02/07/2020 10:33, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – The National Institute of Marine Science and Technologies (INSTM) has just launched the “BEach Clean” campaign, under the theme “Cleaner Beaches Across the Mediterranean,” with a view to reducing marine litter in beaches of the Mediterranean.

The campaign is part of the COMMON (COastal Management and MOnitoring Network for tackling marine litter in Mediterranean Sea) project funded by the European Union, and will continue till September 30 in 5 Mediterranean regions, including Kuriat Island in Monastir, according to the INSTM.

The ten golden rules proposed in the decalogue, in poster format, will be posted in the main Tunisian, Italian and Lebanese tourist and bathing establishments. Places that generally undergo a remarkably high tourist influx during the summer season, and which coasts see the percentage of waste beached day after day.

The bathing establishments that will take part in the initiative, in addition to the posting of the decalogue in the tourist places of competence, will be called to take part in a survey, to be completed at the beginning and end of the summer season, aimed at knowing and analysing the health conditions of the beaches overlooking the Mediterranean, and to improve the relationship between tour operators and the ecosystem.

A questionnaire will then be dedicated to tourists, to learn about the habits related to their daily waste management and to analyse the main difficulties related to their correct disposal.

The marine litter issue has a negative impact on vital economic sectors, from tourism to fishing, causing economic losses to individuals, businesses, and communities, has its roots in land-based activities. The 22 countries in the Mediterranean area, with over 450 million inhabitants, can generate to a maximum of 760 kg of solid waste per capita every year, waste that often lands on the beaches, damaging not only the environmental heritage, but also the biodiversity that the sea guards.

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