More than 100 volunteers came out to clean the beaches of Masirah Island on Friday responding to an invitation issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources.
The ministry, represented by the Fisheries Development Centre in Masirah, organised the campaign in cooperation with its partners including Environment Authority, PDO and a number of government and private agencies, volunteer teams and community members.
The clean-up was organised to mark Oman Environment Day which is observed every year on January 8.
The Environment Authority has launched several initiatives to spread awareness on the importance of preserving the environment, including planting mangroves, a project to plant 10mn wild trees, cleaning up coral reefs in various parts of the sultanate, and banning the use of single-use plastic bags.
Oman Environment Day has been celebrated since 1997 on the directives of the Late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to boost the efforts aimed at protecting the environment in Oman and conserving the ecosystem and natural resources which form a key pillar of sustainable development.