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Project Aware - Qatar Marine
Main aim of the charity
In Qatar, we used this campaign to set up social activities, raise awareness about the dangers of single use plastics and littering. Our main target was to go to the most visited beaches across Qatar, where many beach goers leave their waste behind after enjoying their day. We had beach cleanup activities and invited the public to watch us remove debris from seabed’s and take part in categorizing the waste for data. This immediately drew a lot of public, corporate and media attention and drew in sponsors including the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Tourism, Al Rayaan TV, The Gulf Times News and Doha Bus. In one of our public Dive against Debris campaigns, we collected 192kg of metal, 480kg of plastic, 288kg of wood, cigarette butts, clothing and other non-recyclable materials. We share this data with sponsors like the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Tourism.
How the employee got involved and why
I have been a diving enthusiast since 2013. When DHL announced its GoGren initiative it motivated me to seek out ways in which I can make a positive influence on the environment, and so I combined my passion for diving and love of the sea to make a difference.
What work does the employee do for charity
As part of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors in Qatar, we are among the first people to witness the human impact on marine life and it is devastating effect. PADI has collaborated with Project Aware who run a global campaign called Dive against Debris. This campaign represents the largest under water cleanup across the globe. To date, it has removed over 2 million pieces of debris from seabed’s and aided in freeing over 10,000 marine animals entangled in plastic and other discarded materials. Dive against Debris campaigns collect critical survey data that can be used for marine research and by policy makers for conservation efforts.