The Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, chaired by HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, announced on Thursday the launch of its 23rd season of Clean Beaches, the Foundation’s flagship program.
For this 23rd season, 106 beaches, 28 of which have the Blue Flag label, will be supported to offer summer visitors a clean, equipped, secure and lively space, the Foundation specifies in a press release.
More than a hundred beaches, most of them the busiest in the country, benefit from this essential operation for the cleanliness and protection of the coast, indicates the same source, adding that 68 local authorities supported by their supervision, the DGCL, the administrations involved in coastal management, 26 economic partners and more than a hundred local associations mobilized for almost three months to raise awareness and educate summer visitors, ensure the quality of bathing water and sand, equip the beaches, ensuring health security and coverage and enforcing order and regulations.
This year, the “Clean Beaches” operation will see the return of the National Federation of Moroccan Scouting, a historical partner, and summer camps managed by the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication.
With the same ministry, pilot libraries will be opened on five beaches to disseminate education for sustainable development, adds the same source, noting that diving associations will carry out, as in 2021, the man-ocean awareness operation, to collect plastic waste. in the seabed.
Children will thus be made aware of plastic waste on the beaches as part of the #b7arblaplastic operation, underlines the press release, noting that like every summer for three years, they will thus become aware of the volume of plastic waste on the sand and even on the seabed.
For the Foundation, the influx of large numbers of citizens to the coast is an opportunity to carry out important awareness-raising and educational work to protect the oceans, whose role in regulating the climate is fundamental, knowing that the United Nations have made their conservation Sustainable Development Goal 14.
With the municipalities and its partners, it will renew for the third consecutive summer, from June 15 to September 15, its #b7arblaplastic operation, the interest and quality of which has been praised by the International Foundation for Environmental Education ( FEE) that it rewarded it in 2020 as the best practice on the 4425 beaches that it labels Blue Flag in the world.
The #bharblaplastic operation aims to fight against plastic pollution by primarily targeting young people, whom it raises awareness through the digital channels they use.
The participants will pursue three key objectives: “10 tonnes less plastic waste per beach”, “40,000 environmental awareness actions” and “2 million young people made aware”.
All of this plastic waste, says the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, will be removed and reprocessed in industrial units, for the sake of the circular economy that the operation has been developing since 2021.
This year will also see the launch of the 4th edition of the Lalla Hasnaa Sustainable Coastline Trophies, also part of the Decade for Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development.
Its five categories (“Clean Beaches Program” Trophies, “Sharing and Living Environment” Trophies, “Protection and Enhancement of Natural Heritage” Trophies, “Education and Youth” Trophies, “Social and Environmental Responsibility of Organizations” Trophies) make it possible to participate all the actors who are mobilizing for the protection of the Coastline and the Oceans (https://tropheeslittoral.ma), concludes the same source.