As part of the events ofEU Green Week2021, Plan Bleu, ETC-UMA and MEDCITIES, three actors of ecological transition in the Mediterranean, co-organized the second capitalization event of the Mediterranean Community for the Protection of Biodiversity. The workshop “Mediterranean pollution, biodiversity and health” took place online on June 4, 2021.
During this workshop, several Mediterranean and international organizations (scientists, policymakers, NGOs and civil society) met to discuss sustainable solutions to better manage marine litter and its impacts on health and biodiversity in the Mediterranean. The workshop focused on three main areas:
- Session 1: What do we know about the impacts of European and Mediterranean marine litter on biodiversity and health?
- Session 2: Policy actions to combat marine litter at different scales.
- Session 3: Solutions to reduce marine litter pollution and its impacts on biodiversity and our health.
These sessions, including informative and interactive discussions, allowed participants to better understand the current situation and policies in the face of marine pollution, as well as its direct and indirect impacts on nature and humans. The importance of collaboration between the scientific community and was again stressed to better manage waste, both in the short and long term. The European policies at regional and national level were discussed, as well as the importance of the circular economy and the strengthening of the link between producers, consumers and policymakers in the face of one of the main causes of pollution in the Mediterranean : the plastic. At the end of the workshop, participants were able to assess the 9 key actions for a cleaner Mediterranean, established by the MBPC in 2018, while incorporating their recommendations.
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