MEDITERRANEAN STAKEHOLDERS FAVOUR APPROACHES THAT TARGET PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION TO PREVENT MARINE LITTER

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EUCC Mediterranean Centre facilitated a CleanSea stakeholder workshop within the Conference A Wake of Plastics, 13-15 October, in Venice (Italy). The participatory session gathered 30 stakeholders, mainly from research, associations and public bodies and aimed at gathering insights on policy options and implementation aspects of measures to address specific marine litter items in the Mediterranean area.

Participants identified, discussed and prioritised measures to deal with specific categories of marine litter that are among the most commonly found in Mediterranean beaches, such as smoking-related items, drink containers, food packaging and fishing gear. In total, 23 measures were proposed, across the whole product-to-waste cycle but with stronger emphasis on earlier stages of production and use of items, while consisting on a variety of regulatory (e.g. bans) and market-based instruments (e.g. economic incentives) but also educational and voluntary initiatives.

When it came to prioritising, measures that lead to a reduction…

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