UNEP/MAP & DeFishGear joint workshop for a marine litter-free Mediterranean Sea

We are pleased to announce that the IPA-Adriatic funded DeFishGear project together with the UNEP/MAP MEDPOL Programme are organizing a regional meeting on the further implementation of the regional plan for the management of marine litter in the Mediterranean. The meeting entitled ‘Joint commitment for a marine litter-free Mediterranean Sea’ will take place in Tirana, Albania, from 19 to 20 July 2016.

At the heart of the workshop will be recent advances on marine litter in the Adriatic and the Mediterranean Seas with regards to amounts, sources, impacts, implications and solutions. Aiming to take the implementation of the Regional Plan for Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean a step ahead, the workshop will offer a platform for participants to present and exchange their experiences and lessons learned from addressing land-based and sea-based sources of marine litter.

Towards this end a series of marine litter related best practices will be explored including: the establishment of derelict fishing gear management schemes in ports; fishing for litter activities; targeted recovery of ghosts nets;  piloting business scenaria within a circular economy context; applying the no-special fee system in ports; implementing a plastic bag levy; establishing deposit/refund schemes for beverage packaging; setting up extended producer responsibility schemes; putting in practice the adopt-a-beach measure, etc.

The DeFishGear project will have the unique opportunity to showcase its 3-year long experiences in implementing coordinated and harmonized actions on the science-policy-society interface for a litter-free Adriatic Sea, from addressing the marine litter knowledge gaps to piloting concrete measuress, ultimately facilitating effective decision making against marine litter and its impacts.

Deadline for registration is:  30 June 2016.