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International Coastal Cleanup 2010 in Nicaragua | Oct 8, 2010

Volunteers clean Casares Beach.
Cinthia Membreño

More than six thousand national and international volunteers joined efforts to clean - for the fourth time - beaches, lagoons, lakes and rivers of the national territory, despite the delay of the International Coastal Cleanup 2010 in Nicaragua, due to the storm Matthew.

On Saturday, October 2, official day of the event, the inauguration took place at Playa Casares, located in the department of Carazo. There, Liza González, national director of Paso Pacífico, one of the organizers, said that the event allows volunteers to make the commitment of not throwing garbage and becoming a multipliers of cleaning habits.

In addition, González explained that organizers could also send cleaning supplies from the Pacific Region to the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. This area cleaned its coasts on Saturday, September 25 (the day that was first scheduled to develop the event), despite the national alert that the government had announced during that same weekend due to Matthew.

According to a press release, given by Adelayde Rivas, member of Paso Pacífico, this year's cleanup had 60 places registered in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS), 28 in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN) and 79 in the Pacific Region of Nicaragua; a total of 167 sites. This number met the goal set by organizers, who proposed clean more than 100 locations.

Now that the International Coastal Cleanup is completed, organizers are collecting the final data given by the volunteers. The Paso Pacifico foundations and the American entity Ocean Conservancy, organizers of the activity, hope that Nicaragua features on the list of the 10 most participative countries. In 2009, the country occupied the eleventh place.