Blue Training for a Blue Future
DENİZTEMİZ ASSOCIATION/ TURMEPA
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Why did you create this innovation?
Our main aim is to protect marine environment against marine litter and create awareness about marine conservation through our training and education programs designed for various target groups. Through these trainings we make people aware of the importance of seas, as every one of the two breath that we take comes from seas and oceans which produce %50-70 of the oxygen needed for life.
How does your innovation work in practice?
DenizTemiz Association develops and executes trainings in schools, private institutions and initiates advocacy campaigns to create public awareness on marine environment protection, marine litter and plastic pollution to protect the seas and water resources. With 6 waste collection boats, the organization collects waste water from private yachts and touristic boats in Mediterranean bays. With a sea sweeper boat the organization collects marine litter in Bosphorus as well. With over 9.000 volunteers, the organization also runs advocacy campaigns and conducts coastal cleanups.
TURMEPA's projects are in line with 4 SDGs, namely SDG 4 “Quality Education”, SDG 13 “Climate Action” and also SDG 14 “Life Below Water” which is directly connected to TURMEPA's mission.
TURMEPA has been conducting various national and international projects on subjects such as "Zero Waste", "Climate change", "Waste management", "Plastics" , "Water footprint" , "STEAM-based marine projects" and so on.
How has it been spreading?
TURMEPA had been reaching various groups of audiences from different age groups with its educations, trainings, awareness raising activities, campaigns etc for years.
In addition to educating students on marine issues to save the sea, TURMEPA has been training the trainers so that they can spread the word on the significance of protecting marine environment and educate younger generations.
With the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, TURMEPA switched its materials from analog to digital and experienced the new fully online education system. Since then TURMEPA has reached over 550.000 people with its online educations.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
We are open for further collaboration on similar or new projects for the sake of protecting the marine environment.
Depending on the nature of the project TURMEPA trains the trainers, follows their progress and gives feedback.
TURMEPA encourages peer learning as well as project-based learning through face to face or online education and also by integrating technology to its programs.