Withthin the scope of the Zero Waste Program, a new campaign called the Zero Waste Blue Project is being initiated to protect seas and water resources.

The project hopes to collect a total of 50,000 tons of waste, including 30,000 tons of plastic, during the summer season. According to Anadolu Agency (AA), a new project has been added to works conducted as part of the Zero Waste Program, which was initiated under the auspices of first lady Emine Erdogan and run by the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning. The new project is intended to protect Turkey’s seas and water resources. The project will be executed by the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning and implemented in cooperation with the Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association (TURMEPA).

It is also supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and the Youth and Sports Ministry.

Scheduled to be kicked off in Istanbul by first lady Emine Erdogan and Environment and Urban Planning Minister Murat Kurum on June 10, the project will be carried out with the support of relevant ministries and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in pursuit of a campaign that will consist of keeping water resources clean and collecting waste on all coastlines, lakes and rivers in 81 provinces.

Environmental events to be held throughout the summer under the project will attract attention to Turkey’s seas and water resources.

Accordingly, cleaning activities will be carried out near seashores and in water sources throughout the summer months, the importance of coastal and marine cleaning will be advocated, and relevant campaigns will be initiated in an attempt to prevent marine pollution by the end of the season.

Cleaning to start at Bosporus

The Zero Waste Blue Project will kick off on June 10 with bottom cleaning by divers from the Underwater Federation in the Bosporus and shore cleaning by sea skimmers.

Within the scope of the project’s promotion, students will be met at the yard of the Maritime High School, and a boating parade will be held by supportive seamen in the Bosporus.

Coasts to be cleaned by vacationers, picnickers

The project aims to collect a total of 50,000 tons of waste, including 30,000 tons of plastic, by the end of summer.

In addition, the project hopes to promote the recycling of disposable plastics and other waste, especially from beaches, hotels and accommodation centers in the coastal areas and to prevent marine pollution in marinas and ports, and from cargo and passenger ships. The project also hopes to ensure that holidaymakers and picnickers leave coasts clean and will encourage them to collect waste together.

On the other hand, in order to spread the project to all segments of society, support will be provided to artists, sportsmen and academics that back the efforts.

Source:  Daily Sabah

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