EU-funded conference to look into solutions to reduce marine litter

April 27, 2021
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A virtual Mediterranean conference on the involvement of science and the socio-economic sector on marine litter issue will gather on 29-30 April more than 20 speakers from four Mediterranean countries (Tunisia, Italy, Algeria, and Lebanon) coming from scientific sectors, public and private institutions, NGOs, and people working on marine litter in the Mediterranean basin.
The event, organised by the National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies (INSTM), COMMON project’s partner, aims to discuss the involvement of science and the socio-economic sector on the issue of marine litter, identify barriers, and propose solutions to reduce this global issue.

« Beyond the simple preview, we want to go even further with the COMMON conference. It will be about being able to create the necessary conditions for making concrete, responsible, and lastingly effective commitments through innovative solutions,» declares Sana Ben Ismail, oceanographer at INSTM and COMMON project coordinator for the pilot area of Monastir.

The COMMON project (COastal Management and MOnitoring Network for tackling marine litter in Mediterranean Sea) is a European project which aims at building a collaboration network between Italy, Tunisia and Lebanon to support a correct management of marine litter. Funded under the ENI CBC Med Programme, it applies the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) principles to the challenge of marine litter, improving knowledge of the phenomenon, enhancing the environmental performance of 5 pilot coastal areas in Italy, Tunisia and Lebanon, and engaging local stakeholders in marine litter management.


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ENI CBC Med – Cooperating across borders in the Mediterranean

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Lebanon
  • Tunisia