The main objective of the closing ACT4LITTER conference (Athens, October 24th) is to showcase the collective response of the Mediterranean to curb the problem of marine litter. The event is orgnised by Mio-Ecsde in collaboration with Regional activity centre for sustainable consumption and production, San’Anna Institute of management, Med Pan and founded by European Union Life+. It brings forward recent scientific advances with regards to marine litter and its impacts in the region and will provide an opportunity to key stakeholder groups active on the science-policy-society interface to share their compelling stories and hands-on experiences.
The conference features initiatives that address the whole management cycle of marine litter, from prevention, monitoring and surveillance to mitigation measures, carried out at European, Mediterranean, national and local level.
Special emphasis is given to litter that is building up in what should be pristine coastal and marine protected areas, where marine biota and endangered species dwell. Working together at all levels is what it takes to deal with this ‘wicked’ problem.