Marine Litter report is released!

The “Mediterranean biodiversity interaction with marine litter: new knowledge base” report is a study published in collaboration with the network of renowned institutions active in Mediterranean Biodiversity protection and research community.

New report on Mediterranean Biodiversity Interaction with Marine Litter: new knowledge base 

The “Mediterranean biodiversity interaction with marine litter: new knowledge base” report is a study published in collaboration with the network of renowned institutions active in Mediterranean Biodiversity protection and research community.

The main areas of work of our biodiversity protection community are the compilation of knowledge and available information on monitoring, to measure and support actions in marine protected areas (MPAs) and beyond, and to provide tools to support biodiversity protection and management to a wide range of stakeholders from local managers to regional policy makers in the Mediterranean region.

More than 100 species in all common ecological groups have been identified in scientific literature as impacted by marine litter, and the numbers will increase in the Mediterranean region and globally with increasing scientific research initiatives.

This report builds on a meta-analysis over the MedBioLitter database maintained by ETC-UMA, which gathers the scientific literature on marine litter impacts as well as results from the LITTERBASE by AWI at global scale and develops a harmonized geo-referenced database on the evidence available on the impacts of marine litter registered in the whole Mediterranean basin.


The study is a joint effort of the Biodiversity Protection Community projects co-financed by the Interreg-MED Programme focusing on pollution aspects according to the PANACeA Roadmap for Working Group 1 on Biodiversity Protection and Management. The projects featured in this report have supported the review of a spatial understanding of marine litter threats to Mediterranean marine life particularly in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). You can read more about the report on ETC-UMA website.