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Science and awareness: a mediterranean connection against marine litter
by Università di Siena and Legambiente (IT) (Partnership)
The main objective of this commitment is to enforce the link between sceintific resarch and awareness activities on the topic of marine litter in the Mediterranean sea.

University of Siena is a leader group in the research of the impact of marine debris on mediterranean biodiversity and charismatic megaphauna, developing new tools to investigate the ecotoxicological impact of microplastic on endangered mediterranean species.

Legambiente, the most widespread environmental NGO of Italy. Every summer, in the past 30 years, it promotes a campaign all around Italian coasts and seas, monitoring land based pollution like wastewater or littering. Since 2013 Legambiente carries on his activity on marine litter and microplastics presence in seas and freshwaters. Our international campaign Clean Up the Med involves thousands of volunteers of several Med Countries in cleaning and monitoring beach litter.

The partnership aims to share experiences and to develop a new integrated action between scientific research, environmental monitoring, dissemination and information campaigns.

On board of Goletta Verde, the national campaign of Legambiente about sea water quality, will be carried out studies and researches on the presence of contaminants adsorbed by floating plastics and their potential effects on biodiversity.
Data will then be used to build specific dissemination campaigns and scientific reports presented at international events, involving scientific experts, citizens, tourist, economic operators, fishermen and local authorities.

"Vele spiegate project": in the summer 2017 Legambiente and Universit di Siena, with the participation of Enea and Tuscany Region, will provide a campaign of scientific training, volunteering and research in the National park of the Tuscan archipelago, to monitor the beach litter, raise awareness of tourists and citizens and promote sustainable actions.

Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): monitoring and dissemination
  • Coastal clean-ups:
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
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Data access and sharing
  • Scientific cooperation
Scientific research and dissemination campaign during summer journey of Goletta Verde
Clean Up, Monitoring and Awareness campaign along the Tuscan Archipelago shoreline
Mapping of plastic contamination along the italian coast
10 public events or scientific education activities to engage students, citizens, local authorities/economic stakeholders
Staff / Technical expertise
ecotoxicological resarches conduced by University of Siena (laboratories and staff)
In-kind contribution
Goletta Verde vessel and other boats to realize activities during 2017 summer
Staff / Technical expertise
monitoring campaign and dissemination activities conduced by Legambiente's staff
Basic information
Time-frame: june 2017 - may 2020
University of Siena and SDSN-Med - M. Cristina Fossi
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
citizens, students, economic and touristic operators, fishermen and local authorities
Contact information
Zampetti Giorgio, Head Scientific Office of Legambiente, g.zampetti@legambiente.it, +39 3464035265
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