Raising Awareness of Marine Litter with the Local Community in the Arpalı Neighborhood, District of Köprübaşı

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Another training was conducted at the Arpalı Neighborhood in Köprübaşı District, Trabzon on June 22nd, 2022. Arpalı Neighborhood of Köprübaşı District is one of the focus areas of the LiıtOUTer Project as it is located in the upper stream of Manahoz River, 39 km to the South of Sürmene District. Any kind of solid waste from the Arpalı Neighborhood can reach the sea through Manahoz Stream. The training was targeting the local people of the Arpalı Neighborhood. Women and housewives play important roles in family education and litter control from homes and their community.

A total of sixteen people attended the training. Training participants consisted of men and women from the age of 23 to 83.  The training was started with a small discussion to assess their understanding of marine litter (sources, impact, and solutions) starting from their daily basis to the complex society. Then continued to a sharing experience on household litter handling. Also, participants were shown some movies about the impact of marine litter on the environment. The training participants were showing their awareness and enthusiasm in dealing with the litter in the house and in their community. Most of participants agreed that reducing waste is the only way to pass a clean environment to the next generation. In the end, participants showed their appreciation to the LitOUTer project team for visiting their village and the training were closed by taking pictures together.

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