INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY-2017
1. Introduction. Towards ongoing efforts of the Government for the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and Hon’ble Prime Minister’s appeal for mass cleanliness and sanitation campaign through “Swachhta Hi Seva”; the Indian Coast Guard conducted International Coastal Cleanup day-2017 (ICC-2017) in all Coastal States /Union Territories on 16 Sep 2017. Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi along with volunteers undertook Yamuna Cleanup drive at Geeta Ghat, Delhi to commemorate “Swachhta Hi Seva” on 16 Sep 17. The International Coastal Cleanup day is conducted in various parts of the world in third week of September every year under the aegis of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) in the South Asian Region. The Indian Coast Guard has been coordinating this activity in India since 2006. A brief on the conduct of the event is appended in the succeeding paragraphs.
2. Participation. This year, Maharashtra has witnessed the highest participation of 6,320 volunteers, followed by Karnataka which had 5000 volunteers. Nationwide, a total of 25,602 volunteers participated in the ICC-2017 campaign. Various Govt. and civil agencies including NCC cadets, NSS, school and college students formed the largest proportion of volunteers alongwith ICG personnel.
3. Debris Collection. The nationwide campaign resulted in the collection of approx 81,335 Kgs of marine litter. Debris collection was highest in Tamil Nadu with approx 15,400 kgs and in Maharashtra was approx 13,300 kgs.
4. Civil support. Apart from participation of Indian Coast Guard, ICC-2017 received good support from various civil authorities, Central and State government organisations, Municipal Corporations, NGOs, fisheries associations, ports, oil agencies, Colleges/School children, NCC cadets and other private enterprises. Chief Guests for ICC-2017 included Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor, Member of Parliament, Chairman Port Trust and Collector/Dy Collector in smaller locations.
5. The state wise participation and debris collection is as tabulated below:-
Yamuna Cleanup Drive, Delhi Yamuna Cleanup Drive, Delhi
ICGS Jakhau, Gujarat ICGS Mundra, Gujarat
ICGS Okha, Gujarat ICGS Vadinar, Gujarat
ICGS Porbandar, Gujarat ICGS Pipavav, Gujarat
ICGS Daman, Daman ICGS Dahanu, Maharashtra
Juhu Beach, Mumbai ICGS Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
ICGS Goa, Goa ICGS Beypore, Kerala
ICGS Kochi, Kerala ICGS Vizhinjam, Kerala
ICGS Kavaratti, Kavaratti Lakshadweep Island
ICGS Minicoy, Minicoy ICGS Androth, Androth
ICGS Tuticorin, Tamilnadu ICGS Mandapam, Tamilnadu
ICGS Puducherry, Puducherry ICGS Chennai, Tamil Nadu
ICGS Krishnapatnam, Tamil Nadu ICGS Vizag, Andhra Pradesh
ICGS Frazerganj, West Bengal ICGS Haldia, West Bengal
ICGS Kolkata, West Bengal ICGS Paradip, Odisha
ICGS Mayabunder, A&N Islands ICGS Hutbay, A&N Islands
CGWWA Hutbay, A&N Islands
SPECIAL COASTAL CLEANUP DRIVE-INDIAN COAST GUARD 40TH RAISING DAY
Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is celebrating its 40th raising day in 2017. As part of its awareness programme towards Marine Environment, ICG undertook a special Coastal Cleanup Programme across all nine Coastal States and four Union Territories on 04 Feb 17.
Coast Guard being the Central Coordinating Authority for marine pollution undertakes such drives to generate awareness amongst the masses. ICG has been regularly conducting coastal cleanup from time to time since its inception. The State Administration, college/ school children and various volunteer organizations have been supporting Indian Coast Guard in this noble drive over the years
Further, ICG has been appealing from time to time, to all the stakeholders of marine environment especially ports and oil handling/ exploration agencies to also undertake cleanup in their area of operations so as to preserve the marine environment.
During the special drive on 04 Feb 17, an overwhelming support was provided to the Indian Coast Guard by the State Administration, Ports, Oil Handling Agencies, College/ School children in all the Coastal States and Union Territories
Further, Indian Coast Guard has also been coordinating International coastal Cleanup day in India, which is conducted in various parts of the worlds in Sep every year under the aegis of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and under the aegis of South Asian Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) in South Asian Region. During the last International Coastal cleanup programme in Sep 2016, Indian Coast Guard launched ‘Swachh Sagar Abhiyan’ taking the Govt. of India drive of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ to Maritime Zone of India.
A total of 5,167 personnel participated in the drive and collected 21,350 kgs marine litter.
Okha, Gujarat Veraval, Gujarat
Devka Beach, Daman Dadar, Mumbai
Goa New Mangalore, Karnataka
Ratnagiri, Maharashtra Kochi, Kerala
Kavaratti, Lakshadweep Andhroth, Lakshadweep
HOEC, Chennai Mandapam, Tamilnadu
Gandhi Beach, Puduchery Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
Gangavaram Port, Andhra Pradesh Rushi Konda Beach, Vizag
Frazerganj, West Bengal Haldia, West Bengal
Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Hutbay, Andaman & Nicobar
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