In a concerted effort to advocate for environmental sustainability and raise awareness regarding the significance of preserving Sierra Leone’s breathtaking coastline, Tourism Minister Nabeela Tunis joined hands with prominent international allies such as the European Union (EU), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United States Embassy in a beach cleaning event coinciding with the EU Coastal Cleanup Day on the 7th of October, 2023.
This collaborative endeavor, set against the picturesque backdrop of Sierra Leone’s shores, served as a testament to the shared commitment of local and international organizations in maintaining the pristine condition of Lumley beach and its surrounding areas. Beyond being a symbol of unity, this event marked a tangible step toward achieving a cleaner and more sustainable environment.
Minister Nabeela Tunis, whose responsibilities are deeply intertwined with the promotion of tourism in Sierra Leone, stressed the significance of preserving the nation’s natural beauty. She underscored how a clean and well-preserved coastline not only plays a pivotal role in promoting tourism but also contributes to a healthier environment for both local residents and tourists.
The EU Coastal Cleanup Day, a global movement with the goal of combating marine pollution and safeguarding coastal ecosystems, provided an ideal platform for this collective effort. Participants, including volunteers and government officials, enthusiastically engaged in the task of removing litter, plastic waste, and other debris that had accumulated along the shoreline of Lumley Beach, Freetown.
This event served as a poignant reminder of the shared responsibility in protecting Sierra Leone’s precious natural resources and advancing sustainable tourism. Minister Tunis expressed her heartfelt appreciation for all the partners involved and emphasized the need for ongoing collaboration to preserve the nation’s natural treasures.
This commendable initiative not only spotlighted Tourism Minister Nabeela Tunis’s unwavering dedication but also emphasized the significance of international cooperation in tackling environmental challenges. It conveyed a compelling message that together, local and international partners can make a substantial impact in safeguarding the environment and fostering a brighter, cleaner future for Sierra Leone’s coastal areas.