May 20, 2014
The Launching of an Exhibition on Marine Litter
The Launching of an Exhibition on Marine Litter

Every year, millions of tons of litter end up in the marine environment worldwide, including the Mediterranean. Particularly after the RIO+20 Summit, marine litter is recognized as one of the major pollution problems that damages the environmental, economic and cultural values of the marine environment. It poses a complex and multi-dimensional challenge with significant implications for the marine and coastal environment and human livelihoods.

Janez Potočnik, EC Commissioner for Environment and well-known advocate for cutting marine litter in Europe, together with Ioannis Maniatis, Greek Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change and Lila Iskanda, Egypt's Minister of State for Environment Affairs, launched on May 12th a series of activities related to Marine Litter in the Mediterranean taking place within the framework of the Greek Presidency of the European Union and back-to-back with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Change on 13 May and the informal Meeting of EU Ministers of Environment on 14 May 2014.

The marine litter events taking place during the week of 12-16 May included the following:

The Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) is a partner in all of the above mentioned projects and hosted the events of the week. The events were organized under the auspices of the Greek Presidency of the European Union and the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change of Greece. More than 500 participants including experts on marine issues, representatives of public authorities, socio-economic stakeholders, educators and students from more than 18 countries, as well as representatives from European and International organizations and institutions participated in the events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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