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be’ah drive seeks to combat littering at tourist sites

September 6, 2021

NEW INITIATIVE: ’Oman Deserves’ campaign on environment conservation

To raise environmental awareness, the Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (be’ah) has relaunched its ‘Oman deserves’ campaign. Now underway in Dhofar Governorate, this campaign aims to spread awareness of the importance of environmental conservation and combating behaviours and practices that harm the environment, such as improper waste disposal.

The campaign’s main slogan, “The culprit is still at large” and hashtag #Wantedforjustice, reflect that littering is a punishable offence.

Launched in collaboration with several partners and community organizations, “Oman Deserves” is focused on the importance of keeping tourist destinations clean, as it has been repeatedly observed that some visitors to popular destinations, like Dhofar Governorate, do not respect the environment.

Such acts have led to resentment among members of the local community who, via social media, have called for harsh penalties on those responsible.

They have also stressed on the importance of deploying a special environmental police force at tourist destinations and identify violators in various governorates in genera;, and Dhofar Governorate in particular.

Commenting on the relaunch of this campaign, Anwar bin Yasser al Khanbashi, Social Outreach and Engagement Officer at be’ah said: “The second edition of “Oman deserves” is part of the company’s efforts to raise environmental awareness and discourage acts that have negative impact on our environment. At be’ah, we are working on fostering a partnership with the community and are relying on public awareness on the importance of environment conservation. This awareness is one of the main pillars on which be’ah works to reduce harmful impact from wrong waste disposal practices and to encourage safe and proper waste disposal at tourist destinations.”

He added, “The campaign’s relaunch follows community resentment on irresponsible practices by some visitors to Dhofar Governorate this year, which has been expressed on social media. We at be’ah believe in the importance of engagement with the community.”

Waste pollution remains a big challenge globally as it contributes to global warming, which is one of biggest environmental concerns currently.

Global warming is caused due to the presence of certain gases in the atmosphere (greenhouse gases) which allow light to reach Earth’s surface, but prevent heat from leaving, thus trapping it in the atmosphere.

The campaign initiated via the hashtag #Wantedforjustice was first launched in March 2019 to educate people that littering was a legal offence.

The campaign aims to prevent littering by socially ostracizing offenders. It has been widely accepted by the community, and has achieved a remarkable success and contributed to creating a community-based movement to report and resist behaviours and practices that harm the environment.

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