The Tourism Authority of Kiribati Islands (TAK) led a Betio beach clean-up at the Takoronga Dai Nippon Causeway with representatives from the Ministry of Information, Communication, Transport & Tourism Development (MICTTD) and the Kiribati Islands Conservation Society (KICS) on Friday 07 May 2021.
KICS is a non-government organisation with the vision that all I-Kiribati live in a clean and healthy environment where natural resources and unique cultures are preserved and protected. It works with communities to help enhance the natural environment of Kiribati.
The clean-up was part of TAk’s contribution and support for the Environment Conservation Division’s (ECD) Betio Anti-Litter Enforcement May 2021 Campaign.
Whilst plastic waste washing up on Betio’s white sandy beaches continue to be an eyesore, TAK believes that such a waste also poses a threat to the marine species and organisms that inhabit our beaches and coastline. TAK is therefore committed to supporting the ECD, relevant stakeholders and communities to improve solid waste management practices in Kiribati and to ultimately improve international visitor experiences through clean and pristine natural environment.
A total of 37 bags of plastic waste were collected from the 1-hour beach clean-up and participants were treated to refreshments compliments of KICS.
TAK plans to continue to organise similar clean ups in areas of visitor appeal and welcomes the support of organisation and communities who share in the same vision of a cleaner Kiribati.
Source : Tourism Authority Kiribati, 12th May 2021