The project aims at improving protection measures in order to maintain the biodiversity of natural coastal and marine ecosystems, thanks to a better cooperation and networking between Mediterranean Protected Areas in monitoring and managing the marine litter issue. The project will propose a transnational solution at Mediterranean level for monitoring marine litter pressure, thanks to a better cooperation, results-oriented and based on scientific information. Moreover the project will create a MPAs Mediterreanean network beyond the project for carrying out integrated and shared measures providing effective solutions to the impact of marine litter on biodiversity.
1.STUDYING PHASE. The SP aims at evaluating and fine-tuning the more effective methodologies for monitoring marine litter and potential impact on biodiversity, taking into account existing practices, spatial distribution, size of marine litter, potential impacts on biota and the need for a multiscale and multidisciplinary approach.
2.TESTING PHASE. During the TS, the common protocol drafted in SP will be tested in pilot areas representative of the all Mediterranean situation, producing a finalized version.
3.TRANSFERRING PHASE. TRP aims at promoting the final version of protocols issued issued by prevous activities to the main targets of the project: firstly the Mediterranean MPAs and their networks, scientific organisations specialized in marine environment, regional and local managing authorities. The expected output of the WP is the adoption of protocols by at least 20 Mediterranean MPAs and 10 research institutes and its acknowledgement from the policy institutions. Transferring activities will focus also on two main points: the necessity to monitor the marine litter with the common methodology in order to promote shared mitigation actions; the added value to acting in synergy with researchers and with local regional/national/EU policy makers.
TESTING PHASE OVERVIEW
The testing phase foresees the identification of pilot areas (all the partners) and the testing of the protocol for monitoring.