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Eilat coastline
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Eilat cleans up its coast in bid to save coral reef
Tons of waste are removed from 2-kilometer ecologically sensitive strip of sand as local official warns of damage caused by human presence at Israel's popular southernmost resort city

Eilat municipality recently completed a coastal cleanup operation, evacuating all buildings and clearing tons of waste and debris from the Red Sea coastline.

 

 

The operation, which began a year and a half ago in collaboration with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, set out to improve the bathing experience for visitors at the beach and save the coastline's underwater ecosystem.

 

Eilat coastline before the cleanup (Israel Nature and Parks Authority)
Eilat coastline before the cleanup (Israel Nature and Parks Authority)

 

The 2-kilometer coastal strip is very ecologically sensitive due to the presence of the coral reef just meters from the coastline.

 

Eilat coastline after the cleanup (Israel Nature and Parks Authority)
Eilat coastline after the cleanup (Israel Nature and Parks Authority)

 

Assaf Habary from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority says the massive human presence at the beach was detrimental to the coast's ecosystem.

 

Eilat coastline before the cleanup (Photo: Israel Nature and Parks Authority)
Eilat coastline before the cleanup (Photo: Israel Nature and Parks Authority)

 

"Unlike other places around the world, Eilat's coral reef is located only a few feet from the coastline and is very shallow," says Habary. 

 

Eilat coastline after the cleanup (Israel Nature and Parks Authority)
Eilat coastline after the cleanup (Israel Nature and Parks Authority)

 

"Any change on the beach affects it negatively," he says. "The cleanup takes the pressure off the ecosystem." 

 

The coral reef in Eilat (Photo: Nature and Parks Authority)
The coral reef in Eilat (Photo: Nature and Parks Authority)

 

For years, the southern coastal strip in Eilat has been intolerably crowded.

 

Tens of thousands of visitors frequented the beach strip, parking caravans, setting up tents and some even building houses on the coastline and renting them out.

 

Parking vehicles along the beach is no longer allowed and offenders will be fined and removed immediately. However, bathing is still allowed.

 


פרסום ראשון: 10.05.19, 10:08
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