The liberals (formerly, Folkpartiet) have submitted a proposal requesting SEK 200 million for West Coast beach clean up with the bulk of the funding going to Bohuslän. Money is to be paid out over the course of four years.

MP Lars Tysklind (L) tells Göteborg Posten that the Bohuslän coast has been hit hard by debris due to its geographic location and because of the streams which filter into the area. The majority of the trash is in the form of plastics which, of course, harm wildlife, sea, and surrounding beach areas.

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Tysklind wants to see more money invested on shoreline cleanup and protection, and believes that the proposal should be seen as a clean environmental measure requiring municipalities to apply for funding via the Marine and Water Authority.

The proposal has the support of the Green Party and budget decisions will be reviewed by Parliament in December.

Bohuslän is situated on the northernmost part of Sweden’s west coast, bordering to Dalsland, Västergötland, the Skagerrak arm of the North Sea and the county of Østfold in Norway. The province is named after the Norwegian medieval fortress Båhus, located in Kungsälv. Båhuslen was a Norwegian province from around 1050 until the 1658 Treaty of Roskilde, when also Skåneland (Blekinge, Halland and Skåne) was transferred from Denmark to Sweden. The landscape is dominated by the over 3,000 islands and 5,000 skerries along the coastline.