Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Fáilte Ireland and Coca-Cola. Clean Coasts is made up of two elements; Clean Coasts Volunteering and the Green Coast Award.

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The Clean Coasts Volunteering Programme

What do we do?

  • Promote and facilitate coastal clean-up initiatives and marine litter surveys which result in a tangible and immediate improvement in Ireland’s coastal environment.
    • Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterways.
  •  Clean Coasts has developed a suite of community engagement initiatives that has led to the expansion of the Clean Coasts programme, including; Clean Waves, Clean Coasts Week, the Big Beach Clean weekend, Love Your Coast Photography Competition, Clean Coasts Ocean Hero Awards, Clean Coasts Road Show, #2MinuteStreetClean, the Clean Coasts Corporate Volunteering Programme and the Clean Coasts Ambassador Programme. Clean Coasts has also joined international campaigns such as Beat the Microbead and #2MinuteBeachClean.


The Green Coast Award

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The Green Coast Awards is an award for beaches that meet the excellent standard for water quality as set out in the Bathing Water Directive but may not have the necessary built infrastructure to achieve Blue Flag status. An important element of this award is that these beaches have a beach management plan in place and that the local community are engaged in this process.

What do we do?

    • Deliver an internationally recognised beach award programme that contributes significantly to the improvement of Ireland’s water quality and coastline.
    • Expand water quality sampling and analysis beyond Ireland’s legal obligations as set out in the Bathing Water Directive.