BLUEMED pilot action on a healthy plastic-free Mediterranean Sea

BLUEMED pilot launched to deliver on the targets of the Bioeconomy Strategy

The health of our Mediterranean Sea is crucial for the future, our well-being and prosperity. Plastic pollution has increased dramatically in the last 50 years and it has become a major threat to the health of the Mediterranean Sea that must be tackled urgently. Members of the BLUEMED Initiative Senior Officials Working Group have therefore agreed to launch a pilot “For a Plastic-free, Healthy Mediterranean Sea”, following a proposal from Italy and France.

The 12/03 workshop was a first attempt to identify a portfolio of research, innovation and outreach actions that together can help achieve a healthy, plastic-free Mediterranean Sea and deliver on the targets of the Bioeconomy Strategy, with measurable goals within a set timeframe. The experts participating in the working groups, representing Horizon 2020 and Interreg MED projects, research institutions and the European Commission, explored pathways, existing knowledge, expertise and resources for this pilot.

Examples of some ongoing initiatives were provided during the workshop as input to the discussion. The ACR+ team actively participated presenting some of the ongoing activities concerning Interreg MED BLUEISLANDS and the EPR club initiative.

This gathering of information will be a continuous process that will need to take account of the many other initiatives going on ‘on land’ − tackling the problem at the source − to complete the picture of the of the Mediterranean landscape, identify potential synergies and sharpen the focus of action of the BLUEMED Pilot.