The first World Intercommunall Conference for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution opened in Beirut, Lebanon, on Monday (4 June).
BEIRUT. GV EXTERIOR UNESCO Palace (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR delegates listening Mr. Babikian opening conference
GV Beirut harbour showing pollution along shore (5 shots)
ROME: LV Street Vatican in Back-ground TILT DOWN to river Tiber
CU Running water
GV Debris and pollution on beach (3 shots)
ATHENS. GV View of city
GV PAN polluted waters flowing into Kyfissos River
CU & GV Industrial waste pouring into river (6 shots)
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Background: The first World Intercommunall Conference for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution opened in Beirut, Lebanon, on Monday (4 June).
The three-day conference attracted delegates from 50 coastal ???ties around the Mediterranean -- concerned with the damage to tourism and the economy from the deteriorating pollution situation in the sea.
The conference hoped to draw public attention to the spoiling of the Mediterranean by public and industrial wastes, dumping by ships, and nuclear pollution, and to find ways of halting the process.
Our film shows the opening of the conference in Beirut by Mr. Khatick Babikian, Lebanon's Planning Minister. It includes views of pollution problems in three areas: Beirut harbour; the river Tiber, near Rome; and in Athens.
SYNOPSIS: The conference is concerned that pollution will so spoil and foul the Mediterranean -- and rivers emptying into it, like the Tiber in Rome -- that vital industry and tourism will be affected, with harsh effects on national economics.
Rome's debris -- with massive amounts of untreated sewage -- is feared to be destroying the attraction of the Italian beaches. And not far from the southern Italian coast, the sea is reddened by discarded industrial oxide wastes. The conference was planned to draw public attention to the deterioration of the water quality throughout the Mediterranean.
In Athens, industrial wastes pouring into the Kyfissos River, are posing a serious threat to the pure water supplies of the greek capital. Conference organisers suggested several methods of control, including stiff international laws on shopping practices, and the disposal of toxic and chemical industrial wastes. Towns on the rim of the Mediterranean would be encouraged to work together in emergency action. The conference was also considering creation of a court of justice to punish polluters.