Call for BeMed initiatives : the winners
Eleven initiatives to fight against plastic pollution were honoured, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Plastic pollution in the ocean is one of the most worrying environmental disasters threatening our future. Once plastic has been dumped into the natural habitat, it can take up to 500 years for plastic to disappear.
Considering the impact of plastic pollution on marine ecosystems and resources, as well as on the quality of water and human health, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Surfrider Foundation Europe, the Tara Expeditions Foundation, the Mava Foundation and IUCN decided to join forces within the “Beyond plastic Med” (BeMed) Task Force, in order to mobilise and raise awareness of civil society through concrete actions.
What is at stake with these initiatives is to create a Mediterranean network of local stakeholders (NGOs, local authorities, private stakeholders) committed to the fight against plastic pollution, in order to develop exemplary projects.
Thus, in June 2016, BeMed launched a call for micro-initiatives involving all the countries in the Mediterranean Basin, in order to provide financial support to local projects aiming to reduce the plastic pollution on shores and in the sea. Eleven projects from Greece, Italy, Turkey, Cyprus, Albania, Lebanon, Tunisia and Montenegro were honoured in Monaco on 30 March 2017, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, within the context of Monaco Ocean Week, which is currently being held in the Principality and is due to end on 4 April.