The Indian Coast Guard Launches Coastal cleanup drive.

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The Indian Coast Guard coordinated International Coastal Cleanup Day – 2021 (ICC-2021) in all Coastal States/ Union Territories on 18 Sep 2021. Towards ongoing efforts of the Government for the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and Hon’ble Prime Minister’s appeal for mass cleanliness and sanitation drive, through “Swachhata Hi Seva”, the Indian Coast Guard has taken the initiative to extend the campaign to Maritime Zones of India (MZI) through ‘Swachh Sagar Abhiyan’.

The International Coastal Cleanup day is conducted in various parts of the world in the third week of September every year under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Indian Coast Guard responsible for safeguarding the national interests in MZI including prevention and control of marine pollution has been coordinating this activity in India since 2006. Coast Guard’s cleanup initiative is empowering people to take an active role in the preservation and cleaning up of the beaches, which are important parts of helping the conservation of the ocean.

This year, Gujarat has witnessed the highest participation of volunteers followed by West Bengal. Various Govt. and civil agencies including NCC cadets, NSS, school and college students formed the largest proportion of volunteers along with ICG personnel.

In the past 15 years, the efforts of ICG towards cleaning up the beaches have increased through Coastal Cleanup day. Volunteers from each section work together on this day to help make a difference in the way the beaches, coasts, seas, and oceans are able to survive and thrive. The coastal cleanup drive was accelerated by the Indian Coast Guard for the ICC-2021 campaign

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