Designed by Ecoalf Foundation and Biotherm to improve the environmental condition of rivers and prevent them from being the main access route to the sea for tonnes and tonnes of garbage.
Waste collection in Rivas Vaciamadrid. Places available
Waste collection in San Fernando de Henares. Places available
It is estimated that 8 million tonnes of garbage reach the oceans every year from different sources; rivers being the most common way for this. To tackle this problem, LIMPIA RÍOS, SALVA OCÉANOS (Clean Rivers, Save Oceans) was created by Ecoalf Foundation and BIOTHERM.
The two entities have joined forces to conserve aquatic ecosystems and prevent trash from reaching the sea in a three-year project that began in November 2020 on the Jarama River in Spain. The goal is to recover river environments by focusing on the waste that damages rivers and oceans through participation, conservation, awareness and scientific knowledge.
80% OF MARINE DEBRIS IS ORIGINATED INLAND
THE CHALLENGE IS NOT TO CLEAN UP THE OCEANS, BUT TO STOP WASTE FROM REACHING THEM.
With the collaboration and experience of the Libera Project, Clean Rivers Save Oceans organizes volunteer days for waste collection aimed at all types of public. In addition, environmental restoration actions are carried out, including the removal of invasive species, the installation of nesting boxes and the repopulation with native species. The project also has a scientific vocation that includes different actions to increase awareness on the problem, which will allow preventive measures to be taken.
To date, Clean Rivers Save Oceans has carried out 37 cleanups in addition to environmental restoration and citizen science actions in which more than 779 volunteers have participated. In total, an area of more than 40 hectares has been covered and more than 12 tonnes of garbage have been collected, preventing further destruction of river ecosystems and preventing them from reaching our oceans.