On the 18th of September, a cleaning campaign was carried out in coastal areas, which involved 8 volunteers in the collection of 24 kg of garbage, including plastic.
The initiative of the “Porto Santo Sem Lixo Marinho” (Porto Santo Without Marine Waste~) project was associated with the International Coastal Cleaning Day, promoted by the Oceano Azul Foundation, with the purpose of raising awareness in Portuguese society of the problem of marine litter and the need to continually promote Ocean protection.
The International Coastal Cleanup Day was created some 30 years ago, following an initiative led by US coastal communities that came together to collect and document beach litter. Since then, the practice has been adopted in various parts of the world, having gathered, last September 18th, volunteers from over a hundred countries.
The “Porto Santo Sem Lixo Marinho” (Porto Santo Without Marine Waste) project started on September 1st, 2020, with the aim of making Porto Santo an island more aware of the use of plastic and contributing to the differentiation and enhancement of this territory. The different national and local partners undertake to work together to identify the flow and discharge of plastic waste, while promoting the optimization of its management and sensitizing the local population and tourists to the problem caused by plastic waste in the oceans.
The “Porto Santo Sem Lixo Marinho” (Porto Santo Without Marine Waste) project intends to lay the foundations for a memorandum of understanding between various public and private actors, in order to stop the escape of plastics into the ocean. It is financed by the Environment Program of the EEA Grants and brings together, as partners, Associação Natureza Portugal, in association with WWF, AIDGLOBAL, ARM – Água e Resíduos da Madeira, Porto Santo City Council and o pólo do MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre in Madeira, hosted by ARDITI. It also has the support of WWF Norway and the Secretariat for Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change of the Regional Government of Madeira.