The ACT4LITTER closing conference echoes “Litter Free is the Way to Be!”
A small delegation of #Medsealitter from HCMR, Medasset and the University of Barcelona took part last week to the closing conference of the #ACT4LITTER project in Athens. A fruitful day to share ideas and strategies to tackle marine litter in the MED.
More than 130 dedicated marine litter practitioners attended the final conference of ACT4LITTER, held on October 24th in Athens, to celebrate the end of a successful project and spark dialogue, ideas for the future and synergies on dealing with the issue of marine litter in Mediterranean Marine Protected areas.
Within a period of two years, ACT4LITTER, an Interreg Med funded project, brought together 22 MPA managers and marine litter experts from 26 entities and 10 different countries, including Albania, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Slovenia and Spain. Through the project’s participatory approach, the marine litter experts have identified and listed 104 measures to prevent and tackle marine litter and they have developed a Decision Making Tool (DMT) which helps MPA managers to identify the most effective measures for their specific context. The 9 different action plans that were developed during the project were also presented in the final conference, highlighting the importance of the fast-tracking actions against marine litter in Mediterranean MPAs.
The event featured initiatives that address the overall management cycle of marine litter; from prevention, monitoring and surveillance to mitigation measures, carried out at European, Mediterranean, national and local level. Special emphasis was of course given to litter that is building up in what should be pristine coastal and marine protected areas, where marine biota and endangered species dwell.