While KIMO has always been an international organisation, our name is a clue to our foundation in Denmark back in 1990: KIMO stands for Kommunernes Internationale Miljøorganisation, the Danish for ’Local Authorities International Environmental Organisation’.
KIMO Denmark has 18 member municipalities who cooperate to prevent pollution. We also work together to raise awareness about issues affecting the marine environment.
Emergency response, microplastics and pollution washing up on the coast are all important topics for our members. For example, we have recently coordinated research into pollution from the fishing industry in the form of net cuttings.
We also operate the Danish Kystlotteriet – or ‘Coastal Lottery’. This project, which was first launched in Norway, seeks to motivate and reward beach cleaners. Volunteers who collect litter on participating Danish beaches receive Kystlotteriet tickets and can win prizes.
KIMO Denmark also monitors marine litter for the Danish government’s efforts to comply with the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
From 2012 to 2015 KIMO Denmark was a partner in the MARLISCO project on marine litter.
When one or more of our member municipalities are faced with an environmental problem, we speak up with a united voice. So when we contact ministers or the media together, the matter quickly rises up the political agenda.
To sum up, thanks to KIMO, Danish municipalities have the opportunity to be part of a powerful organization that has 30 years of experience in the fight to create a clean marine environment and safeguard the interests of coastal communities.
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