Beginning with beach season IDEA Campaign, Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, “Tamiz Shahar” JSC and the UN Office in Azerbaijan held an annual cleanup event on 10 June 2018.
The cleanup was conducted on the Buzovna beach as part of series of events dedicated to World Environment Day 2018. Titled as the “Let’s keep our coasts clean!”, the cleanup became the 9th event organized on the Caspian coast and aimed to raise public awareness in preventing marine pollution and call everyone to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time.
Over 300 eager volunteers, including representatives from the office of UN Azerbaijan: UNDP, UNICEF and FAO turned up at the polluted beach and helped to clean it.
Having been provided special waste collecting machines and equipped with all the necessary sanitary tools, the participants cleaned up the polluted plot of the shoreline. Together they have been able to remove nearly 5 tons of decomposing trash, which was afterwards sent to the Balakhani Solid Waste Sorting Plant for recycling.
Following the cleanup, participants enjoyed practicing yoga on the clean beach and playing football and volleyball under the sounds of guitar.
As part of its marine environment protection efforts, IDEA attaches special attention to the water quality improvement both in the Caspian Sea and in internal waters. Traditionally, IDEA organizes series of similar beach and river cleanups with its local and international partners every year, attracting more and more public support each time.
Celebrated every year with different theme relating to the pressing environmental concern, the theme chosen for the year 2018 is “Beat plastic pollution” and appeals to the citizens to make changes in everyday life to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our environment. Plastics being the most common item collected at beach cleanups proves that plastic is an immense environmental problem. Continuing efforts of recycling, reusing and reducing plastic waste, as well the active role of young people in these efforts are extremely important in solving the problems of marine debris.
The organizers of the June 2018 cleanup expressed their gratitude to all participants who took part in the event and contributed to the global fight against the environmental problems.