Beach Conservation and Cleanup
Prior to officially starting this programme in 2012, Save the Beach hosted annual cleanup events as part of the campaign to cleanup the beaches of Villimale’ and to raise awareness about the issue of marine and beach pollution. Villimale’s beaches are the only natural beaches left in the capital city, and can be said to be the most used beaches in all of Maldives.
From 2012 until March 2013 when dustbins were placed on the beach as part of the programme run by Save the Beach, the beach had been cleaned only on Saturdays, and by volunteers.
Since March 2013, Save the Beach has been cleaning litter from the beaches and cleaning out the trash can liners/bags daily. The dustbins have been placed in pairs to introduce waste segregation at a later stage.
As part of this project, public participation cleanup events and awareness programs are conducted regularly. Litter audits are also carried out to measure effectiveness of programs and to quantify littering habits of people.