Bringing Mediterranean islands together to stop plastic pollution through the BeMed initiative is the title of the webinar to kick-off the CapiMed-Islands project, which took place last 25th March, during the Monaco Ocean Week.
The event was conceived as an online meeting with the five modular projects, winners of the call for projects for the Mediterranean islands last 2020, and other micro initiatives supported by BeMed to update on projects activities and bring them together through a capitalisation process conducted by CapiMed-Islands project. The tools, results and lessons learned will be transferred and shared to other islands and their representation in regional policies such as the Barcelona Convention and other capitalisation programmes will be ensured.
Individual projects related to tackle plastic pollution in islands, even if they achieve great results at island level, could limit its impact because of limitation in time and space, no harmonized approaches, insufficient replicability and lack of human resources and specific knowledge by local stakeholders to prevent effectively plastic pollution.
The meeting objective was to engage each project to the capitalisation process and promote synergies between modular projects and other related initiatives to reduce plastic pollution in the Mediterranean islands. In this regards, IUCN Med, the Interreg Med Biodiversity Protection Community and the Clean Blue Alliance shared their initiatives and views on how to achieve an effective impact of plastic prevention projects on islands.