INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON MARINE LITTER AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY - 10-12 April 2019, Sevilla, Spain
The Med Biodiversity Protection Community featured by PANACeA was present during MARLICE 2019, in Seville, Spain, from 10 to 12 April 2019. MARLICE is the INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON MARINE LITTER AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY.
A Med Biodiversity Protection Community open session was held as part of MARLICE on 11 April from 14:30 to 17:30 hrs to present the common work and results of our Interreg Med Marine litter initiatives.
Chaired by ETC-UMA, the session stressed the relevance of an ecosystem-based approach to policy development and summarised the main findings and achievements of the Interreg MED Biodiversity Protection Community, featured by PANACeA, regarding marine litter monitoring and management, with a focus on impacts on biodiversity and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). It provided an opportunity to put those in a wider context. The gathering highlighted remaining gaps and joint recommendations for the forward-looking actions that are needed. The tools developed and/or enhanced by the Community were tested through a hands-on exercise to share their potential, obtain feedback on improvements and expand their use.
Plastic Busters MPAs, one of the Modular Projects belonging to the Interreg MED Biodiversity Protection Community, hold an Info session in the morning the same day. Plastic Busters MPAs aims to contribute to maintaining biodiversity and preserving natural ecosystems in pelagic and coastal protected areas by consolidating Mediterranean efforts to address marine litter.
Marine litter related products:
- Report: Ecosystem-based approaches to managing transboundary and cumulative impacts in the Mediterranean
- Database, MedBioLitter: Mediterranean marine litter and biodiversity interactions database (Feb 2019)
- Policy report: Tackling Marine Litter in the Mediterranean – Knowledge and Tools
- Factsheet: Tackling Marine Litter in the Mediterranean – Knowledge and Tools
- Factsheet: Marine Litter and Biodiversity interactions in the Mediterranean Sea