On July 9th, the second International Learning Event (ILE) of CAPonLITTER will take place, organized by UBBSLA, our partner in Bulgaria.
With the theme 'Beach waste management, in particular, waste disposal and collection aspects', this event will be attended by stakeholders from all the countries involved in the project partnership.
Today, we present you the two participating stakeholders from Spain:
With an area of 1,658 square kilometres, Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands. UNESCO declared the island and its marine habitat a Biosphere Reserve in 2009.
The cultural, ethnological, natural, marine, landscape and geological values, as well as the commitment to the Fuerteventura island to renewable energies, water management and responsible fishing, have made the island and a large part of its seas, worthy of the title of Biosphere Reserve, a recognition of the work of its people in favour of sustainable development.
From the Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve work is already underway with other reserves in the named 'Zero Plastic Working Group', of the worldwide network of islands and coastal areas, which is rooted in local community values to address the serious impacts that existing plastic pollution in the atmosphere, oceans, fresh water and land systems has on biodiversity and human health.
The Clean Ocean Project is a non-governmental organization based on Fuerteventura island. It was founded in 2000 to protect the oceans, waves and beaches. Their approach is simple, they are driven by the idea that everybody is part of the problem - and the solution. Do your bit, be part of it.
Over the years they have organized regular beach clean up, initiated projects to inform and educate and joined activities of other organizations on Fuerteventura, the Canary Islands and abroad.
Lately they focused on the plastic pollution of the ocean: ‘It endangers the ocean and the marine wildlife around the world. And in the end us. To recycle and reuse is a good step. But the only solution is to stop the use of plastic. And therefore we have to stop our single-use mentality.’
Photo credits of the Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve: Bruno Lanzarote.