Due to its semi-enclosed geography and the intensity of human activity it concentrates, the Mediterranean is one of the most plastic-polluted seas in the world. In 2020, with the health crisis, the consumption of single-use plastics has greatly increased. While some are essential to slow the spread of the virus, it is important to remember that plastic pollution is one of the major environmental blights of our century. Limiting the use of non-essential plastics is therefore essential to avoid exacerbating an already serious problem.
This is why BeMed continues to support, through its call for micro-initiatives, projects that aim to reduce plastic use and find alternatives, improve waste collection, raise awareness, engage stakeholders and help implement regulations.
In 2021, 12 new projects in 9 different countries will be added to this network:
The Beyond Plastic Med (BeMed) association
BeMed was founded on the initiative of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and in partnership with the MAVA Foundation, Surfrider Europe Foundation, Tara Océan Foundation and IUCN. BeMed’s objective is to fight plastic pollution in the Mediterranean by working alongside the stakeholders on the field.
BeMed receives the generous support of the Didier and Martine Primat Foundation and the Aether Fund of the Foundation for Future Generations for its call for micro-initiatives.
The BeMed association is hosted by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.