Why & How

The Mediterranean Sea is one of the world's biodiversity hotspots but is also one of the most polluted seas worldwide. Marine litter is a global threat for living marine organisms. Over 260 species ingest plastic debris, monofilament line, rubber and aluminum foil. The problem particularly affects fishes, cetaceans and marine turtles, animals in whose digestive tracts commonly appear accidentally swallowed micro and macro plastic debris. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive considers marine litter as one of the most serious pollution of the sea, so the Med Sea will reach a Good Environmental Status only when "properties and quantities of marine litter do not cause harm to the coastal and marine environment". Also in the Barcelona Convention, which is signed by many Med Countries, underline the need of control the marine pollution in order to reduce dramatically the risk for Mediterranean biodiversity.

Project duration: 01.11.2016 - 07.31.2019

Project total budget: 2.402.741,83 €

ERDF budget: 2.042.330,55 €

Lead partner organization: Cinque Terre National Park and Marine Protected Area