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Clean Sea LIFE - fighting marine litter in Italy
by Parco Nazionale dell'Asinara (Other relevant actor)
Clean Sea LIFE project, co-financed by the European Union's LIFE programme, fights marine litter in the Mediterranean Sea with a campaign to raise awareness in citizen, operators and authorities, inspire changes in attitude, encourage co-responsibility and promote good waste management.
The specific objectives are:
1. to increase awareness on ML, empowering citizens to become part of the solution
2. to remove existing litter, including lost fishing gear, and prevent further littering
3. to promote "fishing for litter" initiatives and train professional fishermen in responsible practices
4. to provide guidelines for the management of ML, increase exchange of knowledge and the uptake of best practices, assisting authorities achieve a Good Environmental Status.
In the first 3 years, Clean Sea LIFE has directly involved 23.200 people in public events (conferences, clean-ups, school classes, regattas, presentations); over 1.275.000 visitors took part in trade fairs where the CSL project was presented, and several million citizens were exposed to both the project and its messages on marine litter through an extensive coverage on National, regional, local and specialized media. So far, 13.850 people took the Clean Sea LIFE pledge to prevent littering, engage in clean-ups, and reduce, reuse and recycle more. Far more clubs, associations and training agencies than planned took the Clean Sea LIFE pledge and started organizing regular clean-ups and raising the awareness of their students and clients on marine litter.
From banning microbeads in cosmetics or plastic cotton buds, to a law extending our fishing for litter activities to all fishermen in Italy, to banning the mass release of balloons in local councils, the Clean Sea LIFE project has already shaped legislation that is reducing the amount of litter affecting the Mediterranean sea.
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): fishing for litter
  • Coastal clean-ups:
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions :
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse:
20,000 people will commit to take co-responsibility towards the sea and act as ambassadors of Ocean stewardship
160 beach and 128 seafloor clean-ups will be organised by this project, retrieving at least 10 lost fishing gear
at least 42000 cigarette butt collectors will be distributed, preventing waste reaching the environment
increase the knowledge base of marine litter in the Mediterranean by providing a map of critical areas of ML accumulation; marine litter monitoring on 100 beaches and 128 seafloor cleanups, for policy support measures
Other, please specify
EU contribution: 1,372,000 USD
Other, please specify
Parco Nazionale dell'Asinara contribution: 387,000 USD
Other, please specify
Partner contribution: 533,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: 09/2016 - 09/2020
LIFE programme of the European Union, CoNISMa (scientific community), Fondazione Cetacea (NGO), Legambiente (NGO), MedSharks (NGO), MPNetwork (private sector)
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Eleonora de Sabata, Ms, info@cleansealife.it,
Porto Torres
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