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Volunteers clean up Lý Sơn Island

Update: March, 09/2019 - 09:22
Volunteers collect garbage on Lý Sơn Island, off the coast of Quảng Ngãi Province. — Photo courtesy Lê Xuân Thọ
Viet Nam News

LÝ SƠN ISLAND — A group of 500 volunteers from the group for Lý Sơn No Plastic Waste and local islanders joined a beach clean-up activity yesterday.

Volunteer Lê Xuân Thọ said the group picked up garbage along the coast of the island and An Bình Islet – three miles away from the main island – with the spirit of creating a “Green-Clean-Beautiful” environment.

Thọ said residents of the island also participated in an earlier event to clean up the coral reefs and rocks 20m offshore. Volunteers also hosted a communication campaign to talk with local islanders about pollution and plastic waste and offer suggestions on how to reduce single-use bags.

Thọ said most and plastic waste came from tourists, even though signs encouraging environmental protection were set up at destinations and ports.

Coral reefs in water off Lý Sơn Island is cleaned up from waste. — Photo courtesy Đoàn Sung

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) launched a communication campaign to discourage the use of plastic bags as a prelude to its sea turtle conservation programme on the island from 2018.

IUCN said the campaign aims to raise awareness among islanders and tourists of the need to create clean and safe marine areas for sea turtles to return to the island in the near future.

The island – as well as a vast coastal area in the districts of Bình Sơn, Trà Bồng, Ba Tơ, Sa Huỳnh, Nghĩa Hành and Quảng Ngãi city on a total of 2,000sq.km – is being considered for designation as a Global Geo-Park by UNESCO.

Lý Sơn Island, known as the Kingdom of Garlic, has around 21,000 inhabitants, 73 per cent of whom make their living from farming garlic and spring onions, alongside fishing. It hosts around 200,000 tourists each year. — VNS

 

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