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More than one ton of waste collected at Cofete Beach - Clean Cofete - Limpia Cofete
More than 100 volunteers collect ton and a half of waste on the beach of Cofete

More than 100 volunteers, entities and citizen groups attended, one more year, the day of cleaning of plastic waste 'Clean Cofete' (Limpia Cofete), which took place on Sunday 10 March.

This volunteer action is part of the European campaign for the cleaning of public spaces "Let's Clean Up Europe", an initiative that coordinates more than 1,500 cleaning actions on different European beaches each year.

The Councils of Environment and Beaches of the City Council of Pájara, directed by Farés Sosa Rodríguez and Jorge Martín Brito, collaborate in the development of this activity since its first edition in 2014, with the aim of raising awareness among the population about the presence of waste on the beaches.

For the Mayor of Pájara, Rafael Perdomo Betancor, "it is essential to continue supporting this citizen mobilization, with the aim of addressing a problem as widespread worldwide as the presence of waste and plastics in the oceans."

The fifth edition of "Clean Cofete" has been a success, where it has managed to collect tons and a half of garbage, waste derived from plastic, nets and ropes, respectively.

'Clean Cofete' began five years ago with an appeal on the social network Facebook by users of the beach of Cofete. An initiative that also includes the City Council of Pájara, with the collaboration of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura, Clean Water, Clean Ocean Project, the Fuerteventura CEM Medical Center, Aguas de Teror, HolaFM, the German news portal Fuerteventurazeitung, the restaurant UNICO Keatvibüro, the Association Social Work Sombrero del Pueblo and Cafe Cha Cha, among others.

Also, in this 2019 school year, students in the 9th and 10th grades of Baden-Württemberg in Germany are taught in their geography classes about this beach cleaning campaign in Fuerteventura.

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This year's clean up is this Sunday:

The private interest group "Clean Cofete" needs support again.

The group around the organizer Sönke Schallmey starts its seventh cleaning campaign that will take place on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Cofete Beach.

With this date, the group will also inaugurate the new season of the European initiative "Let`s clean up Europe".
With 135 participants in March 2019 the participation was almost at the level of 2018 and this year again numerous volunteers are expected. Interested person is cordially invited to participate in the event that will be organized on Sunday, March 8.

All volunteers meet at 10:00 at the Casa de la Juventud in Morro Jable. From there we will embark on the road to Cofete.

Whoever wants can also drive directly to Cofete. There we met at 10:45 in the parking lot.

There are possibilities to travel in a shared car for participants without a vehicle. In addition, the group plans to offer shared car groups to pick up interested people who come from the north or center of the island.

If you are looking for a contact for the trip or if you have places available, please contact us via email at or by means of a message from our Facebook profiler profile: limpiacofete

After the action, all diligent helpers are invited to eat Paella at 3:00 pm to end the day together. Please do not forget to bring your own plates and cutlery.

The "Clean Cofete" group is happy to participate.
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More than 500 kilos of plastic waste, collected in Cofete

The Fuerteventura Marine Litter Observatory, recently created, has been presented this Wednesday in a virtual meeting of the European CAPonLITTER project, organized by the University Institute of Aquaculture and Sustainable Marine Ecosystems (IU-ECOQUA), with the collaboration of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Change, Circular Economy and R + D + i of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura and the Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve.

According to the first data from the Fuerteventura Marine Garbage Observatory, a total of 504.3 kilos of large plastic waste have been collected in the Cofete area, in the last marine garbage collection campaign carried out this summer. This was explained during the event by the insular councilor of the area, Marlene Figueroa, and the managing director of the Biosphere Reserve, Tony Gallardo.

Among the waste collected during the campaign carried out in Cofete, along 14 kilometers of beach, 1,150 different items were identified, most of them plastic fragments and bottle caps, in addition to single-use plastics, plastic raffia, plastic bottles, cleaning containers and food containers, ropes, cartridges, bags and other fragments.

The Fuerteventura Marine Litter Observatory has been recently launched within the strategy of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Change, Circular Economy and R & D & I of the Fuerteventura Cabildo for the reduction of marine litter and has the collaboration of the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.

According to the insular councilor, "the objective is to monitor the concentration of waste in the protected areas of the Natura 2000 Network and the Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve, with a project that has the collaboration of specialists from universities, voluntary associations, fishing sector and other groups ". Likewise, the CAPonLITTER project is participating, financed by the Interreg Europe program and which focuses its area of ​​activity in Spain in Fuerteventura.

For his part, Tony Gallado stressed the importance of the help of associations such as AVANFUER in these waste collection campaigns, whose president, Yanira Cáceres, participated in the first of the sessions held.

Under the title, 'The role of coastal communities in the prevention, management and monitoring of marine litter', during the virtual meeting the initiatives developed in Germany, France, Bulgaria, Croatia, Portugal and Greece were also presented.

The welcome speech was given by the deputy director of the IU-ECOAQUA, Ricardo Haroun, who gave way to the words of Marlene Figueroa and the international coordinator of CAPonLITTER from the Nova University of Lisbon, José Carlos Ferreira.

The first session was moderated by the head of the IU-ECOAQUA Tourism, Spatial Planning and Environment Group, Inmaculada González, and David Pfender, expert from the German Union for the Conservation of Nature and Biodiversity, spoke: Isabelle Poitou, director of MerTerre and Anne Settimelli, founder and director of the NGO Explore and Preserve (France); Boyan Savov, expert consultant in European projects related to the Bugara coast, in addition to Yanira Cáceres and Tony Gallardo.

The second session was moderated by Yaiza Fernández-Palacios, IU-ECOAQUA technician, and Natividad Sánchez, from Oceana Europe; Robert Mohorovic, expert consultant in international projects and specialist in the city of Labin (Croatia); Susana Silva, Head of Communication and Awareness in Amarsul (Portugal); Katerina Litou, scientific advisor to European HORIZON projects in Platanitas (Crete) and Ana Pego, Portuguese marine biologist and environmental educator.

The closing of the event featured a round table moderated by the IU-ECOAQUA technician, Candy Cecilia, under the title 'Local Communities: Leaders in the fight against marine litter' and the conclusions were given by Jack McQuibban, Zero representative Waste Europe. The online event ended with the intervention of Claudio Duarte (FCT-NOVA), who made the introduction to the 5th International Learning Event that will be organized by the German partner of the CAPonLITTER project.
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Volunteers of the Canarian Brewery Company clean the coast of Majorera

This Saturday, May 21, a cleaning has been carried out on the beaches of the island of Fuerteventura. This cleaning has been carried out thanks to the participation of the volunteer employees of the different work centers of the Canarian Brewing Company who have been able to thoroughly clean the sand surface that corresponds to the beaches of Giniginamar, Tarajalejo and El Agüita.


To receive the volunteers on the beaches of the municipality have been the mayor, Esther Hernández, on the beach of the town of Giniginamar, the councilor of Beaches, Vicente García, on the beach of Tarajalejo.


"From the City Council of Tuineje we want to thank all this group of volunteers, who undoubtedly do a great job and we are proud to be able to participate in this type of initiative. We also want to publicize the situation in which some of our beaches are and call for citizen collaboration for the maintenance of the good condition of the beaches and waters that are within the municipality of Tuineje, as outside it" said the mayor, Esther Hernández.


This group is formed by the team of the company of Compañía Cervecera Canaria, it is a group of people who work within the different centers that the company has, distributed throughout the Canary Islands, which are dedicated to helping in the different islands to the maintenance and care of the tourist spaces of each of the areas. An example of work they have carried out is the reforestation of the pines in Tejeda after the fires in September 2017 or, this year, they contributed to the cleaning of the ashes in the Llanos de Aridane that were caused by the volcanic eruption on the island of La Palma.


"We are talking about an important project with which we can cooperate and which aims to maintain our environment. We must know that the state of our beaches, mountains, flora and fauna depends on all of us and be clear that for this we must leave the places we visit as we find them" added the Councilor for Beaches, Vicente García

For this collection event, the City Council has arranged the collection materials team on each of the beaches, such as gloves and garbage bags. In this beating, about 40 people have gathered as volunteers for the collection of beaches and seabed in the municipality of Tuineje, all of them divided into groups of at least 10 people per beach.
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