Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

EU Beach Clean Up: European Ambassadors clean Israel's beaches

Tel Aviv, 23/09/2019 - 15:06, UNIQUE ID: 190923_10
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On 20 September, as part of the SAIL Tel Aviv festival, the EU supported a massive beach clean-up in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Together with partners at the Tel Aviv Municipality, Atidim, NGOs EcoOcean and Plastic Free Israel, European Ambassadors and many diplomats posted in Israel led a clean-up of beaches in Jaffa to raise awareness of the environmental impact caused by marine litter.

The event took place at 9am at Jaffa Midron Park beach, at the so-called "Barzelim" beach. Students from Ajiyal and Ahva schools in Tel Aviv- Jaffa joined the efforts.

 

The EU marked International Coastal Clean Up Day with similar activities across the world.

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20190920_israel_eu_beach_clean-up_1 (photo:Yossi Zwecker)

 

EU Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Emanuele Giaufret said, The crisis facing our oceans is real. Around 95% of the marine litter ends up at the bottom of our ocean, causing damage to the seabed, fauna and flora, meaning the issue is far more acute than we are able to see on our beaches. It is devastating to witness the impact of marine litter, including here in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. The EU is spearheading global efforts to reduce and avoid plastic pollution, including marine litter by introducing new rules, including banning single-use plastic items by 2021 and by achieving a 90% collection target for plastic bottles by 2029. It's our common interest to protect it so today, together with Israeli partners and students, the EU diplomatic community is here to do exactly that.

 

According to EU data, 80-85% of beach litter in the EU is plastics and 50% of plastic beach litter are single-use plastics such as straws, food containers, plastic bottles and bags. Another 27% of the plastic beach litter in the EU is made out of plastic parts of lost fishing gear. The EU is spearheading global efforts to reduce and avoid plastic pollution, including marine litter. Next to ambitious reuse and recycling targets, EU policy will help reduce single use plastics and microplastics as well as waste from lost fishing gear. The EU also has an envelope of € 350 million earmarked for R&D in this area. Other measures include fishing for litter campaigns, compensating fishermen for cleaning up the ocean.

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