In October 2017, 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. Fourteen projects from Italy, Tunisia, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Malta, Cyprus, Maroc, France and Spain were honoured in Monaco on April 13, 2018, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, within the context of Monaco Ocean Week. The initiatives will start in 2018 and end in 2019.
“Close to Me(d)iterranean” aims at increasing the capacity of the Mediterranean local associations in fighting plastic pollution, with a longer-term goal to contribute to the reduction of plastic in the Mediterranean Sea. The initiative builds on the successful experience of the campaign Clean Up the Med which, for 25 years, has been involving hundreds of associations, schools, municipalities, universities, tourism operators in cleaning activities and awareness raising workshops, reducing the plastic pollution in the coastal locations of Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Lebanon, Morocco, Montenegro, Jordan, Portugal, Palestine, Tunisia, Turkey.
In the recent years, the campaign made a step forward, including citizen science activities for the collection of scientific data on plastic pollution, with the aim of supporting the scientific community in the conservation of Marine Protected Areas and increasing the active citizenship of the young populations of the Mediterranean .
The proposed initiative follows this path, increasing ing the building capacity of the Mediterranean associations through specific training on campaigning, citizen science and beach litter monitoring, and the organisation of the Mediterranean Summit on Citizen Science.
The “Plastistop II” initiative is based on 4 axes:
Although the adverse impacts of microplastics on the marine environment have received growing attention and recognition worldwide during the last decade, the focus of existing initiatives in Greece has been primarily on shaping public knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards secondary microplastics and microbead usage in cosmetics and personal care products. The proposed initiative aims at shedding light on the less known, but equally significant, sources of primary marine microplastic pollution (i.e. agricultural mulch films, artificial sport turfs, paints, clothing and textiles, detergents/cleaning products, road tyres) by bringing together and building capacity among key industry stakeholders.
The project’s approach is focused around the following three interrelated axes:
“There is no free-from-plastic Adriatic Sea without the cleaning of the Vjose River” aims to encourage communities, local government, youth, businesses, and environmental associations located in 6 municipalities through which the River Vjose passes, to protect it from plastic pollution. This in turn, will protect the Adriatic Sea from plastic pollution.
This initiative aims to achieve these goals with several different approaches. On one hand, the initiative aims to establish a coalition between NGOs, local power, local businesses, young people, and local media to promote the management of plastic waste and the elimination of the pollution in the Vjose River. Rewards for proper collection, treatment, and minimization of plastic use will be provided for businesses and the community. For example, a 2% tax reduction will be implemented for local businesses who succeed in releasing zero kg of plastic waste into the environment.
On the other hand, young people in precarious living situations in the targeted area will be employed to collect plastic waste in Vjosa and will be paid at the collection centers for every kg of plastic waste delivered.
Meetings, tv programs, and workshops will be organised to ensure universal involvement and the fulfilment of the project.
The goal of the project is to drastically reduce the creation of non-recyclable plastic waste in Montenegro and to raise awareness about the dangers of the overconsumption of single-use plastic items.
Single-use plastic bags are distributed all over Montenegro without any second thoughts on the direct or indirect consequences they have on the environment and our food chain. It is estimated that 200 to 400 million single-use plastic bags are being distributed every year in Montenegro.
Currently there is a very limited supply of reusable bags available in Montenegro, and they are incredibly expensive for Montenegro living standards. The project aims at making long-lasting reusable bags accessible and affordable to every citizen in Montenegro. Zero Waste Montenegro (ZWMNE) expects to create a noticeable single-use plastic waste reduction on the national scale, while raising awareness regarding single-use plastic waste creation and disposal in Montenegro.
The bags will be sewn locally by groups of disadvantaged women, also helping to alleviate poverty in the poorest areas of the country. The first project goal is to have 2,000 long-lasting reusable carrier bags in service in Montenegro within 1 year (from date of funding) and to be able to renew the stock once the sale is completed.
The bags will be sold through a network of key retailers across the country. They will be sold at cost price (3 €) which will ensure self-funding for the following production batches (this initiative is therefore a recurring action). This innovative approach represents a fully sustainable solution, which will have an increased impact in the long-term. Selling these bags at a low price rather than giving them away gives them value, which encourages people to retain and reuse use them.
The initiative is a measure associated with the single-use plastic bags ban requested by ZWMNE through a petition to the Montenegrin Government.
The concept of this initiative originated from the intention to integrate actions against plastic pollution into everyday life. There are many potential players capable of making a difference, but they are currently not involved, or are not fully aware, of the issue of plastic pollution. Already NGOs and schools organize activities to engage the public, but employing alternative channels to provide information and propose solutions may offer an avenue to make a bigger difference. Through the collaboration between a marine biologist and a blogger writing about family life we want to 1) raise awareness about the issue of plastic pollution, and 2) transform a day on the beach into an occasion to actively make a change.
Using these blog posts, scientific information can be relayed through a story-telling format. Along with each specific topic (e.g. mermaid tears; where does litter come from; etc.) a competition with awards will be proposed. Given the pilot nature of the initiative, actions will focus on a set of case-studies, which can be directly monitored by those involved in this proposal, making its implementation smoother. Additionally, coordination with standard protocols and main data repositories related to plastic pollution will be established from the very beginning, allowing the initiative to reach an international relevance.
The objective of the initiative is to identify the main sources of the plastic littering throughout Cyprus and to raise awareness and involve the public.
A Facebook page and a group with a new hashtag (#) will be created as a mapping tool for the public to put photos, videos, and reports. The plastic problem will then be visualized and mapped on open source maps. The map will help locate and monitor the problematic areas (mountains, river beds, beaches, etc.).
With seminars, workshops, beach clean-ups, and field visits, the public will be encouraged to utilize these tools while learning about the best practices in waste management and advocating for the implementation of waste legislations (such as the plastic bag legislation and the targets of 2020 and support the transition for the new waste directives).
Using the results of the visualization, Friends of the Earth Cyprus (FoE) will take part in the advisement of local authorities on the implementation of regulations and solutions.
The goal of the initiative is to prevent single use plastic bag pollution through:
ADF will first carry out a market study to better understand the using habits and needs for reusable bags. The study will define the public to target as well as the distribution and commercialization centres. Based on the results, ADF will create and test at least 3 reusable bag designs made from used materials such as recycled flour bags, advertising banners etc.. Collaborating with craftswoman cooperative, ADF will produce 1000 reusable bags.
ADF will design and produce objects made from used plastic bags such as decorative banner for the raising awareness campaign.
ADF will lead a large campaign in the major cities and seaside resort of the Moroccan Mediterranean coast and will distribute free reusable bags.
The association “Méditerranée 2000” aims at supporting camping and holiday resorts in the improvement of their practices and at raising awareness of the public on its holiday destination.
The action will be led in two steps:
Zero plastic picnic kits will be given to the participants to provide alternatives to plastic.
The project aims at enhancing GOB’s work on political and technical incidence before the approval of the new regulation regarding wastes in the Balearic Islands. GOB works in collaboration with the authorities and other associations to promote a new and more sustainable waste management model and spread the good practices on the plastic waste issue.
On the other hand, videos, press kits and photos of the problem of residues and contamination by plastics will be produced and massively disseminated to raise public awareness. Clean up days and plastic waste collects will be organised. Ultimately, GOB will implement a rental system for reusable tableware for the organisation of big events. Specific equipment will also be made for the prevention of plastic waste in the nautical and recreational fishing industry. It willl be distributed in marinas and fishing equipment stores.
The initiative led by Participe Futur is based on three axes:
Surf and Clean objective is mainly addressed to water sports trainers with a double goal:
That way Surf and Clean will create a net of what we call “Agents of change”.
Surf and Clean will work with FESurfing and regional surfing federations to reach surfing instructors, schools, clubs and shops but also with some other water sports federations like: canoeing, stand up paddle, kite-surfing, diving…etc
The main goals for 2018 are:
This initiative aims to define a prevention waste/marine litter protocol as a waste management framework for beaches, that could be implemented without necessity of a proper “waste legislation” (zero waste, single use plastics, etc.). The Zero Beach protocol can be framed as a quality scheme or Label, to distinguish environmental performance of beaches (as blue flag initiative does), following a double approach:
The main features of the scheme will be:
The project is planned in three stages, just the first is funded by this call:
The long-term scenario (4 years) is to introduce the systems in collaboration with NGOs and international bodies, in the Mediterranean coastline (2020-21).