HELIOS organizes in Gaza visits in Blue Economy sectors for 150 young people and women
On 23rd of December 2021,the University College of Applied Sciences (UCAS), Palestinian partner of HELIOS in Gaza, organized different educational visits to important settings associated with the sectors of Blue and Circular economy in Gaza Strip.
In particular about 150 young people and women participating in the 6 training groups of the HELIOS courses distributed in the UCAS’s two main branches in Gaza and Khan Younis, visited the Gaza’s seaport, Al Bahar (the fish farm), Azolla plantation farms in Beit Lahiya and the Maritime Museum of the General Administration of Fisheries.
The visits aimed to highlight the Palestinian fishing sector as one of the most important economic sectors that employ a large number of fishermen, whose number, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in 2021, exceeds 4 054.
Participants became aware about the extent of pollution caused by the waste of fishing boats and the non-compliance with environmental laws that support the preservation of the marine environment.
In addition, the visits highlighted the main and future challenges faced and that will be faced by hundreds of people who work in professions related to fishing (e.g. fishmongers, mechanics, electricians, boat builders, etc).
The training of the Palestinian participants will continue in the next weeks in order to provide them with hard, soft and green skills oriented towards specific needs of the Blue and Circular Economy sectors in the labour market, based on direct interaction with local enterprises.
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