EU Delegation to Papua New Guinea participated in the #EUBeachCleanup action by working together with the Papua New Guinea Conservation Environment Protection Agency (CEPA) to also support the ongoing national Coastal Plastic Cleanup Campaign. For the campaign, the European Union team was active in organising the cleanup in Zone 3 featuring the Central Business District of Port Moresby's primary public beach 'Era Kone'. Era Kone, in the local motu language translates to 'Turtle Beach' as it has been a traditional nesting ground for turtles.
In collaboration with our partners at The Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC) including members of government and business, local volunteers, EU staff and family and the French Ambassador and members of the French Embassy, saw about 150 volunteers participate in the initiative. A total of 100 garbage bags of litter were collected along the 1 kilometre stretch.
To try to create greater awareness with our participants about the EU's policy to minimise single use plastic, and avoid distribution of plastic bottles of water; the Delegation encouraged participants to bring their own water bottles/canisters from home. Environmentally friendly garbage collection items, like biodegradable garbage bags and quality rubber gloves that could be re-used at home for gardening were distributed instead.