The COMMON project aims at applying the ICZM principles to the marine litter management, improving the environmental performance of 5 pilot coastal areas in Italy (2), Tunisia (2) and Lebanon (1), testing a model that could be transferred to the whole Mediterranean area. Thanks to an improved knowledge of the marine litter phenomenon, specific training and capacity building activities addressed to local and regional authorities, MPAs, Turtles Rescue Centres and citizens, thematic awareness campaign and material, targeted networking activities at basin level, COMMON project will engage local communities in incorporating marine litter management and disposal in coastal planning with the ICZM approach. The project specific objective is to enhance the capacity of public authorities in the 5 selected areas to plan for sustainable management, use and monitoring of marine litter sources, treatment and consequences, employing an effective participatory approach involving relevant stakeholders and local communities”. UNISI will coordinate the WP4, where the methodologies developed within the Project Plastic Busters MPAs (scientifically coordinated by UNISI, labelled by UfM) will be capitalized https://plasticbustersmpas.interreg-med.eu/
Professor Maria Cristina Fossi will organize and participate at the SETAC 2018 special session “8.02 Harmful effects of plastic litter and mitigation strategies in the Mediterranean Sea“. This special session envisages to showcase the Mediterranean answer to the global problem of marine litter and as such share experience on how Academy, Industry, Governance actors and different key regional stakeholders in their various capacities can work together in a coordinated manner to address Mediterranean marine litter management.