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Over 100 cleanups for International Coastal Cleanup Day September 20

Jamaica Environment Trust | 2014-08-21 00:00:00

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is reporting an unprecedented response to this year’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day activities in Jamaica, to be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014. A record breaking 114 ICC beach cleanup sites across the island have been registered, including 10 underwater cleanups. The number of participants is also expected to increase from last year’s 6,000 to an anticipated 8,000 volunteers in 2014. The response comes as JET prepares to launch another marine litter focused initiative – the Clean Coasts Project, a yearlong programme which expands on the theme of ICC and is targeted at Jamaican resort areas.

ICC efforts began in Jamaica the mid-90s with small cleanups taking place in a few locations across the island. In 2008 the Jamaica Environment Trust became national coordinators of ICC activities in Jamaica and gained the support of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) as the primary donor, who has continued to support the initiative over the years. As the ICC National Coordinator, JET works with local site coordinators including community based organisations, non-government organisations, government agencies, private sector organisations, hotels, tourism stakeholders, youth clubs, service clubs, and schools to carry out ICC cleanups across Jamaica. ICC volunteers are responsible not only for picking up trash on coastlines, but also collecting data on the type of garbage affecting the marine environment.  The data is compiled and sent by JET to the Ocean Conservancy in the US, who coordinates the global event. “ICC Day in Jamaica has grown leaps and bounds each year,” said Suzanne Stanley, JET Programme Director, “the overwhelming response we have received this year makes us feel really positive about other marine litter focused activities we will be undertaking this year through the Clean Coasts Project”

The Clean Coasts Project (CCP) which is set to kick off in September will combine elements of the existing ICC programme with JET’s extensive experience delivering environmental education to establish a more sustainable year-long project. Also funded by the TEF, CCP will focus on improving solid waste management practices and increasing awareness of marine debris in Jamaica’s resort areas. The project has several elements including the delivery of marine conservation themed field trips to CSEC and CAPE students by JET, as well as the implementation of a programme of activities focusing on marine litter through the Ministry of Tourism’s Tourism Action Clubs. “As part of Clean Coasts we will also lead a yearlong schedule of underwater cleanups with the help of local partners in resort areas,” said Llewelyn Meggs, JET’s Conservation Director, “this will extend the schedule of underwater cleanups done during ICC in September, targeting sections of Jamaica’s coastline where beach users are likely to come in contact with waste.” The Clean Coasts Project will be supported by a yearlong public education campaign targeting adults living and working in Jamaica’s resort areas, focusing on the importance of proper waste management to reduce coastal pollution.

JET encourages all Jamaicans to support clean coasts by joining an ICC cleanup in their region. A full list of sites can be found online at - A day at the beach can make a world of difference! 



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