Plastic pollution is one of the greatest environmental disasters affecting the oceans. Once discarded into the natural environment, plastic can take up to 500 years to disappear. Every year, more than 8 million tons of plastic litter is thrown into the ocean. Drifting between waters, it can be ingested and can strangle or suffocate many animal species. Under the effect of the sun, it breaks into fragments called microplastics that can be ingested by fishes and enter the food-chain with potential impacts on human health.
With more than 3000 billion of microplastics, the Mediterranean Sea is the most polluted sea in the world. With this conclusion, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Tara Expeditions Foundation, Surfrider Foundation Europe and the Mava Foundation joined forces to give life to the Beyond Plastic Med initiative (BeMed).
Launched at the international conference “Plastic in the Mediterranean: beyond the observations, what are the solutions?” which took place in Monaco on 10th and 11th March 2015, BeMed is now led by a wider group as IUCN was keen to become involved alongside the founder members.
Monaco’s declaration to fight for a plastic-free Mediterranean Sea
Final and joint declaration of the organizing structures, at the conference Beyond the plastic Med of March 10th and 11th, 2015.