Reduction of plastic pollution in the wetlands of Baja California, Mexico
This project is located in five wetlands of the Baja California Peninsula, on the coastlines of the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California and attracts huge numbers of divers, hikers, kayakers, and bird and whale watchers. Wetlands provide resting, breeding and feeding areas for a great variety of land and marine animals and plants, including migratory birds, whales and turtles, play an important role in worldwide climate regulation, sequestering millions of tons of carbon, and for many families, are a vital source of income from tourism activities. However, the fragile ecosystems are impacted by plastic waste pollution, human disturbance, overfishing, inundation zones deforestation, waste water discharges and brine from desalination plants. This project will work with communities and businesses to ensure local government provides better waste management services, reduce / eliminate waste and plastic and get commitments from tourism businesses and local families to go plastic free. 2 trained teams in each of the 5 wetland areas will organise clean ups in each area. Citizen science activities will include monitoring bird and turtle nesting sites as well as data analysis of the trash collected.