On 9 September 2017, IDEA campaign, jointly with the Blue Marine Foundation - world-renowned organization in marine conservation and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Republic organized another cleanup action at the Kura river delta in Neftchala region.
The event, which took place under the slogan “Clean Kura – Pure Nature!” gathered around 100 young, local volunteers. Equipped with appropriate sanitary equipment, participants cleaned up the household waste and used fishing nets from the river and its banks. During the campaign, Neftchala locals were also informed about degree of pollution in the river, environmental impacts of waste dumping and use of deadly gill nets on the Caspian sea and Kura river, as well as their role in conserving the water. The main goals of the campaign were to prevent pollutants from entering the river, ensure compliance with the sanitation and increase public awareness about the negative consequences of waste dumping on the ecosystem of Kura and the Caspian Sea.
As a result of the cleanup, around 1 ton of rubbish was collected from Kura river and its surroundings, and sent to the Neftchala waste landfill.
The cleanup of Kura river was organized as part of the program for restoration of Caspian sea fauna. It is known that in addition to the regulatory and institutional measures to eliminate environmental problems social action and outreach activities are of particular importance. Taking all this into account, in order to increase protection and preservation of biological resources, IDEA campaign along with its local and international partners regularly initiates coastal cleanup activities.
IDEA is sending a huge thank you to its supporters and everyone who got involved in the cleanup. The campaign calls on everyone to stay environmentally conscious and keep the coasts clean.