The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) on Wednesday launched the “Clean up the World 2022” campaign in Aqaba, with 700 volunteers from national companies and institutions.
The campaign, which also kicked off in 130 countries, is a global social action program aimed at combating the global solid waste problem, and offers a good opportunity to participants to contribute towards the conservation of the environment.
In remarks at the launching ceremony, Chief Commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Nayef Bakheet said that the campaign’s primary goal is to foster a societal culture of environmental cleanliness and sanitation, particularly in the marine environment, which attracts tens of thousands of tourists and diving enthusiasts to the Red Sea city.
Aqaba Governor Khaled Hajjaj emphasized the campaign’s goal of raising community awareness about reducing plastic waste that ends up in the sea.
“Organizing such initiatives is critical to having sustainable and pollution-free environmental resources in order to preserve tourist and archaeological sites, as well as marine natural heritage,” said JREDS Director Mohammed Tawaha.
In turn, Director General of Aqaba Port Marine Services Company (APMSCO), Dirk Wijnen, underlined the campaign’s importance in preserving biodiversity and ecological balance in the environment, which will eventually assist the concerned institutions in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Goal 14: Life Below Water.
Source: Jordan News Agency