Around 150 people participated in the event, including staff members of the EU Delegation to the Kyrgyz Republic, Embassies of Germany and the United Kingdom, the UN system in Kyrgyzstan and volunteers from both Bishkek and the Issyk-Kul region. The action took place one of the beaches of Bosteri village (a popular tourist destination in summer time). Following the cleanup action almost 6.5 tons of garbage has been collected with two thirds of glass and plastics. This recyclable part of waste was sent to the special facility in Balyckhy.
The Head of the Delegation of the European Union, Ambassador Eduard Auer in his opening speech highlighted that this action is aiming to raise awareness of the citizens about the threats posed by plastics to seas and oceans of our planet.
"Marine litter is a global challenge. Every year millions of tons of trash end up in the ocean and seas. It is estimated that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. Kyrgyzstan faces this challenge too, especially, during and after the summer season in Issyk Kul. That is why we decided to clean the beach in order to demonstrate that we do care about marine litter and we are keen to address this issue by all means possible,” said Eduard Auer.
The #EUBeachCleanUp campaign takes part all other the world at the initiative of the EU. In 2018, over 70 actions and nearly 3000 people participated to the #EUBeachCleanup campaign. In 2019 the #EUBeachCleanup campaign will be organized in almost 80 countries.
The European Union is leading the global fight against marine litter and has recently agreed legislation to curb single use plastics, especially those items that are most commonly found at the beach. In addition, the legislation focuses on lost fishing gear, which accounts to some 27% of all beach litter.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. SDG-14 set objectives for sustainable use and conservation of the ocean.