Mohammed VI Foundation for Environment Protection Launches 2022 Clean Beaches Season
Rabat – The Mohammed VI Foundation for Environment Protection, chaired by HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, announced on Thursday the launch of its 23rd season of Clean Beaches, its flagship program.
For this 23rd season, 106 beaches, 28 of which have the Blue Flag label, will offer summer visitors a clean, equipped, safe and lively space, said the Foundation in a statement.
Over a hundred beaches, mostly the busiest ones in the country, benefit from this operation that is essential for the cleanliness and protection of the coastline, the same source said, adding that 68 local authorities supported by their supervisory authorities, the DGCL, the administrations in charge of the management of the coastline, 26 economic partners and over a hundred local associations are mobilizing for nearly three months to raise the awareness and educate summer vacationers, ensure the quality of beach water and sand, equip the beaches, ensure safety and health coverage and enforce order and regulations.
This year, the “Clean Beaches” operation will see the return of the National Federation of Scouting Organizations of Morocco, a historical partner, and of vacation camps managed by the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication.
With the same ministry, pilot libraries will be opened on five beaches to spread education on sustainable development, the statement added. Furthermore, diving associations will conduct, like last year, the man-ocean awareness operation to collect plastic waste from the seabed.
Children will be sensitized to plastic waste on the beaches as part of the #b7arblaplastic, operation, the Foundation said.
The influx of many citizens to the coastline is an opportunity for the Foundation to conduct an important work of awareness-raising and education to protect the oceans that play a fundamental role in regulating the climate.
Along with the communes and its partners, the Foundation will renew its #b7arblaplastic operation for the third summer in a row (June 15 to September 15). The importance and the quality of this operation received praise from the International Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
The #bharblaplastic operation aims to fight against plastic pollution by targeting primarily young people through digital means.
The participants will target three main objectives: “removing 10 tonnes of plastic waste per beach”, “holding 40,000 environmental awareness actions” and “raising the awareness of 2 million young people.”
All this plastic waste will be collected and processed in industrial units to achieve the circular economy developed by the Foundation in 2021.
This year will also see the launch of the 4th edition of the Lalla Hasnaa Sustainable Coast Trophies as part of the Decade for Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development.
Participation in this contest held in five categories (“Clean Beaches Program”; “Sharing and Living Environment”; “Protection and Enhancement of Natural Heritage”; “Education and Youth” and “Social and Environmental Responsibility of Organizations”) is open to all stakeholders involved in the protection of the coastline and the oceans (https://tropheeslittoral.ma), the foundation concluded.