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Six cleaning campaigns on various beaches in Cyprus were carried out on the occasion of World Oceans Day and World Environment Day on June 5. The participants collected more than 150 kg of garbage, in less than an hour of cleaning on each beach.

The campaigns were organized by the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Association (CSTI). , in collaboration with Cyprus hotels, in the framework of the “Keep our Sand and Sea Plastic Free” Project, with the aim of strengthening environmental awareness and protecting the natural resources of Cyprus.

According to an announcement by the Association, each event brought together a number of volunteers, students and hotel workers, as well as hotel guests, with the participants showing great enthusiasm and dedication to the common goal of protecting the environment, managing to collect over 150 kilos of trash in less than an hour of cleaning at each beach.

In his statements, the President of the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Association (CSTI), Filippos Drousiotis, expressed his satisfaction with the success of the campaigns, adding that the cooperation with the hotels of Cyprus proves the association's commitment to a cleaner and more sustainable environment. He also thanked the hotels Alion Beach Hotel, Leonardo Plaza Cypria Maris and Leonardo Cypria Bay, Mediterranean Beach Hotel, Nissi Beach Resort, Parklane Resort and Spa and Poseidonia Beach Hotel for the excellent cooperation, as he said.

During the campaigns the association collected huge amounts of plastic waste, the urgent need for reduced use of plastics and increased recycling is mentioned and underlined.

The Project "Keep our Sand and Sea Plastic Free" is an initiative of the TUI Care Foundation in collaboration with the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Association (CSTI) and is part of TUI Care's Destination Zero Waste program, promoting new ways of reducing and reusing waste, which create jobs and promote the circular economy in Cyprus, the announcement notes.

Oceans and the environment are invaluable elements for human life and the health of the planet, covering 71% of the Earth's surface and constituting the main climate regulator, while providing food and livelihoods for millions of people, the statement said, adding that plastic pollution seriously threatens the health of marine ecosystems and the sustainability of resources.

Source: KYPE

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