Greece to spend 780 million euros to protect marine biodiversity

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Greece is moving forward with 21 programs totaling 780 million euros to safeguard marine biodiversity and combat coastal pollution, Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Monday ahead of an international meeting.

According to Ekathimerini, Mitsotakis detailed that Greece plans to create two marine parks, one in the Ionian Sea and one in the Aegean Sea, as part of the initiatives.

The pollution on the seabed includes plastic bags and bathroom appliances, with fish being forced to live amongst it. Photo: Sky News.

“Quietly but methodically, Greece is playing a leading role in the defence against dramatic climate changes, which are proven to affect every region and every activity,” Mitsotakis said.

“Greece plans to present its national strategy on marine biodiversity protection at the “Our Ocean” conference, which Athens will host this year and which will be attended by dozens of countries”.

Mitsotakis added that other initiatives are also underway, including campaigns to reduce plastic pollution, the establishment of a monitoring system for protected maritime zones since fishing techniques that harm the bottom would be outlawed, and the construction of charging stations for electric vessels at 12 ports; protecting the sea is one of the four pillars of Greece’s climate change plan.

Source: Ekathimerini

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