Upon the completion of the successful first phase of Marine Litter Med, the EU has renewed its commitment to support the Barcelona Convention in addressing marine litter, particularly plastic pollution. Marine Litter Med Phase II, implemented by the UNEP/MAP system, is an important opportunity for MedWaves to continue providing assistance to a number of non-EU countries in terms of prevention of marine litter and plastic pollution.Plastic Pollution
Every day, 730 tonnes of plastic reach the Mediterranean Sea. That is equal to roughly 100 school buses parking on the shores daily. Marine litter, including plastics and microplastics, is one of the main pressures to the marine and coastal environment in the Mediterranean.
Marine Litter Med I began addressing this challenge. Marine Litter Med II continues the important work.
The EU has renewed its commitment, providing the important opportunity for MedWaves to continue assistance for the prevention of marine plastic pollution in a number of non-EU countries.
In December 2021, Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention at COP 22 adopted a legally binding instrument: the Regional Plan in the Mediterranean. Marine Litter Med II puts the plan to action through implementation activities that address key reduction and prevention measures. Additionally, the programme contributes to the development of IMAP Candidate Indicator 24 towards making it operational at country level.
Marine Litter Med II takes the actionable steps to achieve the reduction of environmental targets agreed on by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention in 2016 during COP 18, and reaffirmed during COP 21 and referred to in its Naples Ministerial Declaration.
Marine Litter Med II prioritises:
MedWaves provides support for the prevention of single-use plastic bags and the implementation of extended producers responsibility (EPR) in a number of countries.
Activities on single-use plastic bags
Activities on extended producers responsibility (EPR)
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