Croatian and Slovenian divers joined forces on 6th of September 2020 as part of an environmental drive called “Cleaning Without Borders” to remove underwater waste in Savudrija Bay, the subject of a long-running border dispute between the two neighbouring countries.
Over 150 divers from Croatia and about 30 divers from Slovenia took part in the clean-up action, removing dozens of bags of solid waste on both sides of the bay – in Piran, Savudrija, Veli Joze campsite, and Kempinski beach
The action was held under the sponsorship of the Croatian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, the Slovenian Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, the Croatian Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the City of Zagreb, Umag, Piran and the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency.
A valuable contribution to the eco-action was given by children, participants in the 5th International Children's Diving Ecopatrol, who familarize themselves with the world of diving and learned about building a better relationship with the sea in the future.
The main goal of the action, in addition to cleaning the seabed of waste, is to point out the global problem of seabed pollution and raise public awareness of the importance of preserving flora and fauna in the Adriatic Sea, and therefore it is necessary to connect all generations and neighbouring countries preserving the Adriatic Sea.
Such projects contribute to good neighbourly relations that Croatia and Slovenia which have nurtured for many years, while the clean-up action itself contributes to the preservation of the Adriatic seabed. This project is co-financed by the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency within the tender for co-financing environmental projects of civil society organizations.