Environment: Tunisia kicks off Beach Clean campaign

Part of EU-financed COMMON project

02 July, 18:46

    TUNIS - The Tunisian National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology (INSTM) launched an initiative called "Beach Clean" under the theme "Cleaner beaches in the Mediterranean", in order to reduce marine waste on the Mediterranean's beaches.

    The campaign is part of the EU-financed COMMON project (COastal Management and MOnitoring Network for tackling marine litter in the Mediterranean Sea) and will run through September 30 in five regions of the Mediterranean, including the island of Kuriat in Monastir, and other areas in Italy and Lebanon, INSTM said.

    The project has a poster with "ten golden rules" that will be posted in the main Tunisian, Italian, and Lebanese tourist and beach areas, places that generally have a significantly higher influx of tourists during the summer and as a result experience a daily increase in rubbish along the coasts.

    In addition to posting the golden rules posters in the appropriate tourist areas, beach areas joining in the initiative will take part in a survey to be completed at the start and the end of the summer season, aimed at identifying and analysing health conditions on the beaches along the Mediterranean, and improving relations between tour operators and the ecosystem.

    There will also be a questionnaire for tourists, to identify habits linked to their daily management of waste and to analyse the main difficulties tied to proper disposal.

    The question of marine litter has its roots in land-based activities and has a negative impact on vital economic sectors, from tourism to fishing, causing financial losses to individuals, businesses, and communities.

    The 22 countries of the Mediterranean area, with more than 450 million residents, can generate up to 760 kg of solid waste per capita each year, waste that often arrives on beaches, damaging not only environmental heritage, but also marine biodiversity.

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