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17. svibnja 2018.


REducing and Preventing, an integrated Approach to Marine Litter Management in the Adriatic Sea.

Project partners:

  • CA' Foscari University of Venice (IT)
  • Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (IT)
  • M.A.R.E. Cooperative S.C.A.R.L. (IT)
  • LIMOSA Cooperative Society (IT)
  • Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (HR)
  • Public Institution RERA SD for Coordination and Development of Split Dalmatia County (HR)
  • Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sunce (HR)

Project summary:The Adriatic Sea is a semi-enclosed basin with slow currents and long water retention time, which makes itvulnerable to pollution and, particularly, to marine litter (ML), which is defined as any persistent, manufacturedor processed solid material discarded in the marine and coastal environment. The prevailing fraction of marinelitter is composed of plastic materials. In particular, microplastics generation represents a growing cause ofconcern for the degradation of marine and coastal ecosystems, potentially compromising the functionality of theecosystem itself and reducing the quality of coastal waters for fishing and tourism. Furthermore, trans-boundaryeffects are already known in this area, with floating marine litter travelling across borders. Undoubtedly, thiscommon issue requires a common approach to be correctly dealt with.As emerged by previous research performed during the DeFishGear (DFG) project, tourism sector is stronglycontributing to marine litter production and dispersion in this region, while fishery sector is perceived asimportant facilitator in the process of marine litter reduction.
As established in DFG project, although local communities, coastal tourism and the fishing sector contribute tothe marine litter problem, they can also be part of the solution. The fishing sector has a big potential in dealingwith marine litter issue, for both prevention, by increasing awareness in the correct disposal of obsolete fishinggears, and reduction, by acting in Fishing for Litter (FfL) initiatives.The ML-REPAIR project will implement its activities both in Italy and Croatia, capitalizing the results of the DFGproject. It will base its strength on pursuing the development of collaborative activities among different entities,strengthening joint governance on marine litter management, addressing above mentioned target groups - localcommunities, fishery sector and tourism sector - by means of:

  1. Testing new educational tools for inducing a positive change in attitudes and behavior toward marinelitter among future generations, and fishery communities;
  2. Raising awareness of tourists on coastal areas, thus supporting also a sustainable growth of the tourismsector;
  3. Providing data and innovative tools to policy makers, fulfilling the necessity of a better understandingof the barriers to be removed for a large-scale, trans-national adoption of marine litter managementinitiatives;
  4. Reducing marine litter through a participative approach with the fishery sector, straightening the co-operation between science and fishery-related organizations, including Fisheries Local Action Groups(FLAGs);
  5. Consolidating the cross-border cooperation in the region, exchanging knowledge and reducing the gapbetween diverse and/or diverging approaches;
  6. Reducing and preventing marine pollution, so improving the environmental quality of the Adriatic Seaecosystem in the long term;
  7. Evaluating potential contribute of FfL activity on micro-plastic reduction;
  8. Monitoring the status of Natura 2000 sites in terms of marine litter presence and impacts.

Expected results:The ML-REPAIR Project will contribute to an environmentally sustainable growth of tourism and fishery activitiesin the Adriatic Sea by providing efficient approaches and actions able to reduce and control marine litter in theAdriatic Sea and consequentially improve environmental quality of its waters in the mid to long term:-Land-sources marine litter produced by tourists ad communities located along the Adriatic coastal area are expected to be decreased through tailored education and awareness actions,-A quantitative removal of anthropic debris accumulated on the sea floor according to proper environmental good practices is envisaged during the project implementation,-Innovative solutions such as testing tools and technologies will help decision makers to efficiently approach the marine litter issue in the short-term time.The project will result in a better trans-national co-operation between scientific community and Fisheries LocalAction Groups (FLAGs)

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