Calling all Watamu lovers and beach cleaning enthusiasts. This Saturday 19th September is the Big Day! Last year we collected over 3,000kg of trash along 8km of beach. In Watamu the event is being led by Kenya Wildlife Service with the followi
This annual event is organised by the Ocean Conservancy based in the USA. The data they
receive from the event helps them to collect scientific information for education purposes
and to gain support and lobby governments and policy makers in an effort to reduce the
amount of garbage and pollutants entering the world?s oceans. Up to 100 countries
participate each year with thousands of volunteers making a great conservation impact by
cleaning thousands of kilometres of beaches worldwide.
For the past 2 years Watamu Marine Association and the Ocean Sole Foundation has organized the East Africa Cleanup event. Last year we had a great effort with 41 groups, organisations and schools from 12 coastal communities taking part from Lamu to Dar es Salaam. 14 beaches were cleaned covering more than 30km. More than 1,100 people collected 9,800kg of plastic and other marine litter.
WMA is endorsed by the Ocean Conservancy and recognised as the partner organisation in Kenya to organise ICC events. This year we will be mobilising communities, conservation groups and schools in Kenya and Tanzania and aim to have beach cleanups in Kiunga, Kiwayu, Lamu, Tana Delta, Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi, Takaungu, Kuruwitu, Vipingo, Mtwapa, Mombasa, Chale, Diani, Shimoni and Msambweni in Kenya, and Mafia Island, Dar es Salaam and other beaches in Tanzania. The biggest challenge will be sorting all the waste materials, filling in the data forms and removal and disposal. This is why in each area we will need support with vehicles and volunteers.
Our new International Coastal Cleanup Coordinator for Kenya is Mr. Ezra Onyango. He has been endorsed by Ocean Conservancy and he will be contacting groups over the next weeks to assist you and circulate data forms and other information. To assist us with coordination please confirm if your group/organisation will participate.
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