On 23 October 2021, an environmental volunteer day of the LIFE Fluvial project was organised by the Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo Biosphere Reserve.
The actions focused on raising awareness of the environmental danger posed by micro-waste (especially microplastics), and in the recognition of several species of invasive exotic flora present in the area of action. The chosen site was Arnela beach (municipality of Sada), an environment that is difficult to access and inaccesible for mechanised cleaning services.
As collaborating entities in the activities, it is necessary to highlight the environmental department of the Sada Town Council, the company Ribeirán Proyectos Naturales and the NGO Cooperación Internacional, with a total of 10 volunteers.
At the end of the work, 13 kg of micro-waste were removed on a net surface area of approximately 7,800 m2. The removed waste was classified and quantified following the MARNOBA protocol, implemented by the Zero Waste Association and developed with the support of the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. The data from the day was incorporated into the collaborative application created for this purpose.