Capitalization workshop - MARLICE 2019 International Conference

MEDSEALITTER representatives attending MARLICE 2019

Thursday 11 April 2019 @ 14:30 to 17h30 @ Aquarium of Seville, Muelle 21, Room Alboran


The preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity in the coastal and marine environment is tightly linked to achieving several regional targets in the Mediterranean. Ensuring a Good Environmental Status (GES) is a key Mediterranean priority, underpinned by regional frameworks such as the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Ministerial Declaration on Environment and Climate Change among others. For EU marine waters, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) aims to achieve GES by 2020. Furthermore, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) sets the Aichi target 11 to protect and effectively manage at least 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020 with aspirations to increase this percentage in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Longer term targets such as the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), more concretely Target 14, prioritize the conservation and the sustainable use of oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.
The Interreg Med Biodiversity Protection Community featured by PANACeA has among its priorities to streamline the efforts of around 200 regional institutions to reinforce actions at Protected area and ecoregional planning and management level to better tackle transboundary pressures, among which marine litter, and foster a more integrated and holistic approach to environmental protection and including a greener economy.
Interreg Med Biodiversity Protection Community featured by PANACeA – Seville, 11 April 2019
This community has advanced in identifying some key elements needed to operationalize the coordination and synergies among multiple management scales based on evidence and on participatory approaches: during the CBD COP side event co-organized with the Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat in November 2018, major ecoregional planning and management approaches and tools to tackle transboundary pressures like pollution and climate change impacts were discussed, seeking to ensure ecological functioning of Mediterranean ecosystems, while considering multiple pressures and trade-offs.
The CBD COP event report on Ecosystem-based approaches to managing transboundary and cumulative impacts in the Mediterranean, with a focus on plastic marine litter and climate change can be accessed here.
Knowledge and tools to manage the impact of marine litter in Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): State of play and challenges ahead
The aim of this session is to showcase the joint achievements on marine litter assessment and management tools by the Interreg Med Biodiversity Protection Community, opening a wider discussion on existing gaps and challenges, and the needed actions and integrated solutions at Mediterranean scale. Concrete actions will be highlighted to ensure the uptake of lessons learnt in the Community and to prepare joint recommendations for future action at European and Mediterranean scale.
The session will be articulated as roundtable discussions and open debate with Mediterranean researchers, regional institutions, MPA managers, policy-makers and the wider public.


The Interreg Med Biodiversity Protection Community in the Mediterranean and evidence-based frameworks to support policy development
Dania Abdul Malak, ETC-UMA, PANACeA

Tackling Marine Litter in the Mediterranean: Setting the play and identifying the challenges ahead through questions and answers

Moderator: Emanuele Bigagli, PANACeA
Round 1: Our Action – Joint achievements on marine litter assessment and management
Morgana Vighi, University of Barcelona, MEDSEALITTER
● Magali Outters, SCP RAC – Catalan Waste Agency, Act4Litter/PlasticBustersMPAs
● Gloria García/Lucia Tejero, Natural Park Cabo de Gata - Nijar, Act4Litter
● Patricia Ziveri, Autonomous University of Barcelona, BlueIslands
Round 2: Linking to other Mediterranean initiatives
● Celia Le Ravallec, ACCOBAMS, Impacts on Biodiversity
● Gloria de Paoli, ACTeon for Plan Bleu, A socio-economic dimension
● Marie-Aude Sévin, IUCN-Med, Local solutions from source to sea
● Celia Vassilopoulou, HCMR, AMAre and CLAIM
Round 3: What’s Next? Challenges and the way ahead
● Marta Iglesias, EU DG RTD, Marine Resources Unit
● Cristina Fossi, University of Siena, PlasticBustersMPAs
● François Galgani, IFREMER

Participatory exercise to draw conclusions

Wrap up and closing
Dania Abdul Malak, ETC-UMA, PANACeA