International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017
The International coastal clean-up day is being celebrated globally on the third Saturday of September every year under the aegis of United Nations Environment programme (UNEP) and South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) in the South Asian Region. This day was established by the Ocean Conservancy, an organization devoted to protect and create an awareness among the people about our seas and coasts that are facing multifarious challenges from various sources on daily basis. This coastal clean-up program helps general public and coastal stake holders to care their coastline. Urbanization and population growth increasing at a rapid rate in developing countries in SAS regions, the management of solid waste has become a major public health and environmental concern and challenge. The lack of waste management strategies, planning and facilities is resulting in uncontrolled solid waste pollution of both terrestrial and marine environments.
3R Initiative regarding plastic re-cycling
A Plastic Crusher Machine was displayed and demonstrated during the International Beach Cleaning Programme on 15th September, 2017 at Crow Island by the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) under the South Asian Seas Programme. The event was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister of Sri Lanka and Director General, SACEP.SACEP handover the Plastic Crusher Machine to the Marine Environment Programme Authority (MEPA), Government of Sri Lanka. Such action helps locals for generating the more economy from plastic litter.
International Coastal Cleanup Day 2016
International Coastal Clean-up Day was conducted in various parts of the world in September every year under the aegis of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and under the aegis of South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) in the South Asian Region. This became helping hands over the years that come across the spectrum: school goers, Marine Police, Navy, ports, oil agencies and other private enterprises. This events not only a garbage-free walk on the beach but also the larger hope for marine life conservationists as well as NGOs collaborating on the campaign is to create awareness on how littering affects life in the ocean.
Photos link: International Coastal Clean-up Day 2016 – Sri Lanka
International Coastal Cleanup Day 2015
19th September is the International Coastal Cleanup Day which is dedicated to the protection of beaches, coastal regions and surrounding areas throughout the world. It is the largest volunteer event in the world and has been in operation for over 26 years. This is highly relevant as the five maritime countries of South Asia are endeavoured with coastal and marine resources which have enormous potential to develop sustainable tourism industry. SACEP organized national workshops in Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka in February-March 2010 to propagate the idea of beach certification. These workshops provided a platform to further development of national programmes. Individual countries have agreed to pursue a follow up on Beach certification programme. This year, SACEP is involved with Coast Guard of India and Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) of Sri Lanka to carry out country wide beach cleanup programme to commemorate the ‘International Coastal Clean-up Day 2015’. In line with the international commitments and the initiatives by the government of India and Sri Lanka, other SASP member countries are also expected to facilitate and initiate a country wide coastal clean-up activity on September 19, 2015. Requested our SAS countries to share your plans for celebrating the ‘International Coastal Cleanup Days 2015’ and use this occasion for creation of awareness among masses about the coastal cleaning initiatives in your country.