17 Sep 2017 16:30pm
SWAKOPMUND, 17 SEP (NAMNPA) - Namibia on Saturday joined the rest of the world to celebrate the International Coastal Clean-up campaign by holding its own coastal clean-up campaign.
The International Coastal Clean-up is the world's largest volunteer effort to clean oceans and waterways.
Every 16 September, people all over the world remove trash from the shores and document what they find.
Updating Nampa on Sunday, Alexander Alexander, the Environmentalist at the Namibian Coast Conservation and Management (NACOMA) said the clean-up was successful despite a sponsorship shortfall.
He said this year, there were not enough sponsors for drinks, transport, food and garbage bags, which resulted in them only inviting a few people and those who came on their own free will.
Namibia Breweries, Coca Cola, Plastic Packaging and Rent-a-Drum were the only sponsors of the event.
Alexander said compared to 400 volunteers who came last year, 350 volunteers showed up this year to collect garbage on Long Beach and Mile 4 areas of Swakopmund as well as along the road between Swakopmund and Henties Bay.
He added that just like last year, NACOMA organised a national coastal clean-up campaign this year for towns such as Lüderitz, Oranjemund, Walvis Bay and the Skeleton Coast area.
Saturdays campaign also included towns such as Opuwo, which participated for the first time. Karibib, Arandis, Usakos and Mariental also had clean-up campaigns.
The Environmentalist said although some of these towns are not close to the ocean, they were included to extend the cleanliness.
I am overwhelmed by the response we received in Swakopmund especially from school children. They showed up in numbers and cleaned in a joyous mood, he said adding that the Saturday clean-up preceded the annual festive season cleaning-up programme organised by his office and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
Officials from NACOMA and the ministry will start cleaning the beaches early December.
I should also note that the mind-set of our people has changed when it comes to keeping our beaches clean. The amount of garbage we collect continues to decline, Alexander told Nampa.
He said the rest of the towns are expected to submit their reports on the cleaning-up campaign on Monday