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Clean up the Atlantic - Cascais

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

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Cascais is a coastal city located, 30 km west of Lisbon in Portugal, located on the Estoril coast with about 210,000 residents. The former fishing village gained fame as a resort for the Portuguese royal family, the late 19th and early 20th century. Nowadays, Cascais is a popular vacation center, both for Portuguese and Foreign tourists and has about 20,000 foreign residents. Cascais coastline is home to 17 beaches that the municipality takes great care in preserving


Cascais is surrounded by sea and highly dependent on the sun and sea tourism activities that are responsible for the main portion of the 466 000 visitors every year. Its 30 km of a particular and biologically rich coastline takes part of the 5 000 km of the European Long Distance Path E9 – The Coastal Path along the Atlantic Ocean.


CLEAN UP THE ATLANTIC is an annual awareness event where scuba divers are invited to clean a small part of Atlantic Ocean near Cascais center simultaneous with coastline clean up event with other volunteers.

The main objectives of this campaign are:

• Alert the population to the problem of maritime pollution and its consequences;

• Raise public awareness of the necessity of oceanic cleaning and its protection;

• Remove a significant amount of marine debris in the ocean and coastline.

Since the first edition in 2008 more than 1100 volunteers helped to collect over 9 tons of marine debris.This iniciative is part of the MAR+ that encompasses a series of concerted actions aimed at combating marine pollution, making the Municipality of Cascais a pioneer municipality in this fight. The actions aim, therefore, several target audiences, all of extreme importance for an effective combat to the pollution of the sea:


The Clean up the Atlantic initiative is a very successful one, annually are removed a large amount of litter from the coastal shoreline and seabed. to ensure the continuity of this success , it is necessary to continue to focus on social networks, since they are excellent publicity and volunteer recruitment vehicles. Retaining volunteers who participated in previous editions and working with them to bring more volunteers and to work with different organizations and associations partners is also a good bet, which should continue.


Although the positive impact of these measures is always significant, of course, this does not solve the environmental problem caused by plastic debris in people's daily lives, rivers and oceans.The Municipality of Cascais believes that this initiative has to be a part of a more global approach to limit the use of disposable plastic or at least limiting their use and recycling it properly.

Award info
Award category: New solutions to complex challenges - a public sector citizen-centric, sustainable and fit for the future - supra-local and local level
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2019
Project type
Sector: Environment, climate change, agriculture (incl. food safety) and fishery
Type of activity:
Keywords: Clean Up The Atlantic
Short English description: CLEAN UP THE ATLANTIC is an annual awareness event where scuba divers are invited to clean a small part of Atlantic Ocean near Cascais center simultaneous with coastline clean up event with other volunteers. The main objectives of this campaign are:

• Alert the population to the problem of maritime pollution and its consequences; • Raise public awareness of the necessity of oceanic cleaning and its protection; • Remove a significant amount of marine debris in the ocean and coastline.

Further information
Organisation: Câmara Municipal de Cascais
Other applicants:
Homepage: https://ambiente.cascais.pt/pt/projetos/clean-up-the-atlantic
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 1-5
Country: Portugal
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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Clean up the Atlantic - Cascais (38.69938546807281, -9.423297643661499)
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