The objective of the Marine Litter MED project is to support UN Environment/MAP Barcelona Convention and its Southern Mediterranean Contracting Parties to implement key common measures provided for in the Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean, and the updated National Action Plans to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES).
The main focus of the project will be on:
a. Enhancing the implementation of selected ML policy/regulatory prevention and reduction common measures at sub-regional/national levels and sharing of related best practices as identified in the updated NAPs in Southern Mediterranean/EU Neighborhood countries;
b. Developing and applying regionally harmonized approaches, guidelines and tools to ensure effective implementation of selected measures (participation of all Contracting Parties, including EU on non-cost basis);
c. Establishing regional coordination mechanisms for ML prevention and management in the Mediterranean to maximize synergies through cooperation and exchange of best practices; and
d. Establishing regional coordination mechanisms for ML with other regional actors and European Regional Seas Conventions, with a particular focus on collaboration with the Black Sea Commission.
The Marine Litter MED project builds on the relevant Decisions of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention, especially on Decision IG.21/7 on the Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean, Decision IG.21/3, which describes key steps, timeline needed to be fulfilled, to achieve Good Environmental Status in the Mediterranean, Decision IG.20/8 on Marine Litter Strategy Framework in the Mediterranean; Decision IG.22/7 On IMAP, Decision IG.22/8 on the updated NAPs; Decision IG.22/10 on Marine litter, Decision IG.22/5 on the Regional Action Plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Mediterranean as well as and on the achievements of the Contracting Parties for the implementation of the Barcelona Convention as well of the work carried out for meeting the global reduction targets on marine litter.
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Assisting the establishment of regional and bilateral cooperation mechanisms with relevant regional actors as well as European Regional Sea Conventions to enhance synergies for the implementation of the Marine Litter Action Plans adopted or in process of preparation, with a particular focus on the collaboration with the Black Sea Commission.
Implement Fishing-for-Litter and Adopt-a-beach pilots in Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco; Develop the regulatory framework related to non-single use of plastic bags and promote Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR);
Reduce the impacts of marine litter and micro litter in Biota with a particular focus on endangered species, associated with the development of the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme of the Mediterranean Sea and Coast and Related Assessment Criteria (IMAP), Candidate Indicator 24 Trends in the amount of litter ingested by or entangling marine organisms focusing on selected mammals, marine birds and marine turtles (EO10);
Improve the management of sea-based marine litter in ports