Surfrider Foundation Europe (SFE) will be holding beach clean-up events across Europe between the 18th – 21st of March as part of their annual Ocean Initiatives campaign.

In its 15th year running, the event aims to highlight the damaging consequences of waste on coastlines, lakes and rivers as volunteers will clean up litter strewn beaches across Europe, Africa and French overseas territories.

Last year’s event attracted more than 20,000 volunteers, of which 5,000 were school children coming together over a single weekend. The event culminated in 500 sites being cleaned up in over 24 countries.

In addition to the arduous task of cleaning up beaches, SFE have set volunteers the challenge of contributing to further analysis of the litter they come across. By assessing the type and source of material found on beaches, SFE are aiming to amass a range of qualitative and quantitative information on the impact of waste on coastlines.

Seas At Risk, who are supporting SFE on this important initiative, are also pressing for stronger regulations concerning the discharge of marine litter at the International Maritime Organisation and the European Union.

For more information on the Ocean Initiatives campaign or on how to get involved

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