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Environment Commissioner Potočnik launched the Mediterranean Marine Litter Week on 12 May in Athens, Greece

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 recognised 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, 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.

They both officially inaugurated the MARLISCO exhibition during the launching ceremony in the premises of the University of Athens.

The events during the Marine Litter Week, 12-16 May include also:

  • A Marine Litter Experts meeting from the Adriatic Region.
  • A Conference on Marine Litter and their Sustainable Management in the Adriatic Region, within the framework of the IPA Adriatic project entitled: Derelict Fishing Gear Management System in the Adriatic Region (DeFishGear).
  • A 3-day regional training on Marine Litter in the Mediterranean, within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Initiative to depollute the Mediterranean and specifically within the Çorizon 2020 Capacity Building – Mediterranean Environment Program (funded by DEVCO).

MIO-ECSDE is a partner in all of the above mentioned projects and hosted the events of the week.

Throughout the week 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 are expected to paricipate in in the events.

Read more on the Mediterrenaen Marine Litter Week here.

Find below snapshots from the official inauguration:

EU Commissioner Potočnik during the inauguration speach

EU Commissioner Potočnik during the inauguration speach (close up)

Greek Minister for Environment Ioannis Maniatis during the inauguration

Cutting the ribon from left to right: Prof. Michael Scoullos (Univ of Athens, MIO-ECSDE chair), Mrs Thomie Vlachogianni (MIO-ECSDE), Janez Potočnik (EU Environment Commissioner), Mrs Lila Iskanda (Egyptian Minister for Environment), Mr Ioannis Maniatis (Greek Minister for Environment), Mrs Theodora Avgerinopoulou (Greek Parliament Environment Commitee).

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