The Regional Governor of the South Aegean region, George Hatzomarkos, has actively taken part in the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) Clean Seas Campaign. The protection of the marine environment of the South Aegean plays a fundamental role in the sustainable development of the largest tourist Region of Greece.
According to the regional governor, “The South Aegean is the largest island region of Europe. It is our obligation to realize that protecting the marine environment is vital for us. It is the source of life for our region.”
“As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, the South Aegean islands bear a massive environmental impact. Tapping into the UN’s environmental expertise and adopting its actions is a great opportunity for us to work towards ensuring the sustainability of our islands in the future as well as their further development. We wish to make the most of this chance for the benefit of our residents and visitors,” added Hatzimarkos.
The Clean Seas campaign (#cleanseas) seeks to engage governments, as well as the public and the private sector to take action against plastic litter in the seas. The campaign, which kicked off a year ago, is a three-phased strategy over five years (2017-2021).
With a set of engaging material available in different languages, the main goal of Clean Seas is to obtain the ban of single-use plastics and microbeads within five years.
Clean Seas Campaign, the video
(Source: Tornos News)