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Arxiu de notícies » Regional Meeting on the Further Implementation of the Regional Plan for the Management of Marine Litter in the Mediterranean. Tirana, Albania, 19-20 July 2016

Regional Meeting on the Further Implementation of the Regional Plan for the Management of Marine Litter in the Mediterranean. Tirana, Albania, 19-20 July 2016

26 Juliol 2016 | Actualitzat: 6 Setembre 2016

The SCP/RAC participated in the Regional Meeting on the further implementation of the Regional Plan on Marine Litter that took place in Tirana (Albania) from 19th July untill 20th July 2016. The two-day meeting entitled ‘Joint commitment for a marine litter-free Mediterranean Sea’ was organized jointly by UNEP/MAP’s MEDPOL Programme and the IPA-Adriatic funded DeFishGear project. Some 85 delegates participated in the meeting. The meeting was organized with the support of the Agricultural University of Tirana and MIO-ECSDE.

In his opening remarks the Coordinator of UNEP/MAP Mr. Gaetano Leone stressed that ‘moving toward a litter free Mediterranean is a key priority for the region and one of the most important objectives of the UNEP/MAP Midterm Strategy 2016-2021’. He highlighted that the great attendance of the meeting “is a sign of continued commitment to foster our regional cooperation and work in a coordinated manner to achieve the marine litter reduction targets decided by COP 19, including a beach litter reduction of 20% by 2024”.

Aiming to take the implementation of the Regional Plan for Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean a step ahead, the workshop offered a platform for participants to present and exchange their experiences and lessons learned from addressing land-based and sea-based sources of marine litter. To this end a series of marine litter related best practices were featured including: the establishment of derelict fishing gear management schemes in ports; fishing for litter activities; targeted recovery of ghosts nets;  piloting business scenaria within a circular economy context; applying the no-special fee and other related systems in ports; implementing plastic bag levies; establishing deposit/refund schemes for beverage packaging; setting up extended producer responsibility schemes; putting in practice the adopt-a-beach measure, etc.

Tatjana Hema, from MED POL, presented a general overview of the EU funded Marine Litter Project to support UNEP/MAP Barcelona Convention contracting Parties to prevent and manage Marine Litter through the implementation of the Regional Plan on Marine Litter. SCP/RAC will be in charge of the prevention measures of this project.

Frederic Gallo, from SCP/RAC, presented the experience of the Catalan Voluntary Agreement on Plastic Bags Reduction, which achieved a 52% reduction of plastic bags consumption in the last years - compared to 2007 values- and sets for 2020 a reduction objective of 90% . Marta Beltran, from the NGO RETORNA  presented a pilot experience on the Deposit, Refund and Retorn System (DRRS) for plastic bottles that took place in the town of Cadaqués.

At the heart of the workshop were the latest trends and findings on marine litter in the Adriatic, Ionian and Mediterranean Seas with regards to amounts, sources, impacts, implications and solutions. The meeting was also the closing event of the DeFishGear project, which had the opportunity to share the collective experience gained from its 3-year long actions implemented on the science-policy-society interface for a litter free Adriatic and Ionian coast and sea. This has ranged from addressing the marine litter knowledge gaps to piloting concrete measures, ultimately facilitating effective decision making.

The added value of the DeFishGear project in providing a strategic input towards tackling marine litter was highlighted by Mr. Leone who said ‘With its focus on the coordination and harmonization of actions on the science-policy-society interface in addressing marine litter issues in the Adriatic-Ionian macroregion, this project is in many respects showing the way in the definition and implementation of responses for litter-free coasts and sea’.



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