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05 March 2017

The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) organized a beach clean up in the area near the Bahrain Fort as part of its campaign to protect the environment.

Organised in collaboration with the Manama Municipality, the clean up, held simultaneously in Riyadh, Jeddah, Jubail, Kuwait, Doha, Sohar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, was part of the annual initiative of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) to highlight the importance of recycling. 

In a statement, GPIC President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery thanked GPCA Secretary General H.E. Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun for the initiative and said such programmes leave a direct impact on Gulf societies and showcases the capabilities of the petrochemical industry towards caring for the environment.

Dr. Jawahery said the campaign would benefit all sectors of society and praised members’ efforts to raise and enhance the level of public awareness on the importance of caring for the environment as a societal necessity. He also praised members’ concern with a sense of loyalty towards the community and said GPIC Management had ensured qualified medical staff was at hand to take care of any emergency.

The President highlighted the importance of providing clean beaches and protection of marine life that is affected by dumping waste on the coast and called upon all concerned not to do so because of the threat it posed.

Dr. Jawahery thanked municipality Director General H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Khalifa for his guidance and in providing equipment and labour for the success of the campaign. He also thanked members of the Social Activities Committee for the success of the event.

In his remarks, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed spoke of the importance of private sector participation in the government's efforts to preserve the environment, including cleaning beaches and bays, and explained it were everyone’s responsibility to do so. He also praised the efforts of GPIC and municipality staff in support of the initiative as well as their contribution to foster cooperation between civil society and the private sector.

H.E. Sheikh Mohammed said such campaigns are consistent with efforts to protect the marine environment, which includes cleaning beaches and conducting awareness campaigns initiated by the Ministry of Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning. He called upon all individuals, institutions and companies to carry out such campaigns, stop polluting beaches and dumping of waste. He promised action all those violating environmental laws.

The Director General said he was delighted at GPIC’s commitment to participate in community service efforts and to make this campaign a success. 

A large number of government and private school students took part in the effort and contributed to remove garbage on the beach. GPIC provided voluntary logistical support and all other things like gloves, plastic bags, sunscreen, hats, drinking water and refreshments.

This initiative aimed at promoting environmental culture in the community, highlighting the importance of combating all forms of pollution, and maintaining the cleanliness of the beaches in the region.