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12th January 2022
Toxic additives in plastics, fresh new content for a master's module and webinar series: SCP/RAC is looking for two experts to help make ‘InPlastics’ a success!

The reuse and recycling of plastics following circular economy principles have been promoted to address marine plastic pollution, however only a small percentage of plastic waste can be effectively recycled in a ‘closed loop’ as many contain toxic chemical additives, which can pose a threat to human health and the environment. The impacts of toxic additives on the life cycle management of plastics have just recently been understood yet they constitute the invisible part of the plastic pollution issues and therefore communication on this issue is more challenging. 

11th January 2022
We're looking for a consultant for the preparation of a policy recommendations document, under the Plastic Busters MPAs project

The Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) is looking for an independent expert to support SCP/RAC to carry out the preparation of the document, under the Work Package 6 (Capitalization), entitled: ‘Policy recommendations in order to move forward towards GES for D10 in Mediterranean MPAs’, in the framework of Plastic Busters MPAs project.

3rd December 2021
Guidelines to tackle single-use plastic products in the Mediterranean region, a major contribution to the Barcelona Convention ambition on marine litter abatement
  • They have been acknowledged as a major tool to support Contracting parties in implementing the upgraded regional plan on marine litter, discussed today and to be adopted at the COP22 of the Barcelona Convention (Decision IG.25/9)
  • Countries are receiving continuous tailored support to use them through MTF funded activities as well as EU-funded projects: Marine Litter Med and WES.
  • Guidelines are available in English and French

Bottles, bags, cigarette filters, or food containers are some of the most prevailing single-use plastic products (SUPs) stranded in Med

3rd December 2021
From policy to action: how BeMed supported projects in islands contribute to the fulfilment of the Barcelona Convention
  • BeMed-Islands releases a policy brief at the occasion of COP22 of the Barcelona Convention
  • The policy brief depicts particular projects and action responding to commitments of the upgraded Marine Litter Regional Plan, discussed today as Decision 25/9 and to adopted
  • The BeMed-Islands community calls on Contracting Parties to uptake, upscale and further support its efforts towards a plastic-free Mediterranean Sea

Beyond Plastic Med supports numerous initiatives in islands which came together through the&n

23rd November 2021
Plastic Busters MPAs' mutual learning workshop: SCP/RAC brings together marine litter experts and MPAs managers in the Ebro Delta Natural Park

Huge amounts of plastics are dumped into the Mediterranean Sea every day, making the Mediterranean basin one of the regions most affected by this global problem. Plastics are aproximately 95% of floating marine debris and more than 50% of debris found on the seabed (UNEP / MAP, 2015). The marine protected areas of the Mediterranean (AMPs), the guardians of the biodiversity of the Mare Nostrum, are at the forefront of the impacts of this plastic threat. Plastic pollution is a borderless threat and coordinated regional action are essential to effectively address the problem of plastics.

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