International Coastal Cleanup

International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is a global event initiated by Ocean Conservancy (OC) in 1986. Its aim is to engage citizens to remove trash and debris from beaches and waterways all around world, identify the sources of debris, and change the behavioral patterns that contribute to pollution.

The Ocean Conservancy of Pollution Prevention and Monitoring, USA, is the international coordination unit of this programme. This is the world’s largest and effective volunteer based conservation projects to clean up the marine environment. CNIRD along with the National Planning Committee of Trinidad and Tobago are the official coordinating organisations for the International Coastal Cleanup in Trinidad and Tobago.

The International Coastal Cleanup is the world’s largest volunteer effort for our ocean and waterways. More than half-a-million people in 100 countries remove millions of pounds of trash from beaches and waterways all over the world.

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) doesn’t end after the beaches have been cleaned, however. Local coordinators collect raw data from the cleanups, including people participating at each site, pounds of trash picked up, and types and categories of marine debris. The Ocean Conservancy compiles this information and uses it to paint a better picture of marine debris sources, in an effort to actively address the link between human activities and debris. This comprehensive look at the human fingerprint of marine debris helps to educate government, scientists and the public. It’s about prevention just as much as it is about cleaning up.

Click here to view moments from the 2011 International Coastal Cleanup in Trinidad and Tobago. View more photos from the 2011 event on the ICC Trinidad and Tobago Facebook page.

Click here to view the map of the 2010 and 2011 clean up sites.

The video below showcases some of scenes from the 2010 International Coastal Cleanup in Trinidad and Tobago.

The ICC 2010 presentation PDF below contains a wealth of information about the International Coastal Cleanup programme.
Download ICC Presentation 2010 – File Size: 1.8 MB – File Type: PDF

Downlown the ICC Trinidad and Tobago 2010 and 2011 clean up sites and report by click the download link below.
Download the ICC 2010 and 2011 Cleanup Sites Report – File Size: 0.3 MB – File Type: PDF – Prepared by: The National Planning Committee of Trinidad and Tobago.