The “Marine Environment Cooperation Network” in a symbolic activity at the Vravrona wetland
Organizations-Members of the “Marine Environment Cooperation Network”, supported by the A.C. Laskaridis Foundation, were mobilized by HELMEPA, which coordinates the Cleanups Working Group of the Network and participated in a symbolic cleanup of the Vravrona wetland, on the occasion of the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup.
On October 18th, 50 volunteers-representatives of different organizations jointly cleaned up the Vravrona wetland, sending the message for wider co-operation to effectively protect the country’s coastal environment. The international dimension of this action came from the participation of 15 American students from the International Center for Greek and Mediterranean Studies as well as the Executive Officer of the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association – AUSMEPA, Ms. Julie Nash.
For the collection of waste, reusable materials (gloves-bags) were used, while the 15 litter bags were collected by the Hellenic Recovery Recycling Corporation, for separation and further reuse of recyclable materials.
Participating Members of the “Marine Environment Cooperation Network” in the Vravrona clean-up, besides HELMEPA, included: A.C. Laskaridis Foundation, BlueCycle Program of the Αikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, Τeam for the World, Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature, Let’s do it Greece and The People’s Trust.
Members of the Association of the Hellenic Plastic Industries as well as volunteers from local environmental associations also participated in the action.
On the same day, coastal cleanups were also carried out by other Members of the “Marine Environment Cooperation Network”, such as the Lambrakis Foundation in Rafina with the participation of the 300 students of the 17th High School of Peristeri, 3rd High School of Aigaleo, 2nd Lyceum of Ilion and 1st Elementary School of Rafina, Medasset and the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Glyfada and Anavysos respectively, i-sea in Thessaloniki and the Marine Geology and Oceanography Laboratory of the University of Patras in Achaia.
Congratulations to all the volunteers for their participation, the Management Body of the Schinias-Marathon National Park, Ymittos and SE Attica and the Hellenic Ornithological Society for their cooperation in organizing the Vravrona cleanup and finally, the company Owleyes for their kind drone sponsorship and short video production (https://youtu.be/dFPut_c3W2M).