COMMON
COastal Management and MOnitoring Network for tackling marine litter in Mediterranean sea

About the project

Marine litter is quickly becoming one of the main pollution sources of the Mediterranean Sea, with negative consequences for living marine organisms, marine ecosystems, human health and coastal activities, including tourism and fisheries. Combating the issue of marine litter requires a global effort at basin level through a multi-institutional and multi-stakeholder approach that tackles the different and competing environmental, economic, social, cultural and recreational drivers that can affect marine ecosystems. The COMMON project will apply the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) principles to the challenge of marine litter, improving knowledge of the phenomenon, enhancing the environmental performance of 5 pilot coastal areas in Italy, Tunisia and Lebanon, and engaging local stakeholders in marine litter management. 

Key information

COMMON
COastal Management and MOnitoring Network for tackling marine litter in Mediterranean sea
B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation
B.4.4 Integrated coastal zone management
Italy, Tunisia, Lebanon

Financial data

2.2 million
Total budget
2 million
EU contribution
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10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

7
Partners
3
Countries
8
Technical outputs

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What will be improved?

The mid-term expected impact is the enhanced capacity of public authorities in monitoring and managing the waste chain with a focus on the land-sea relationship and improving the environmental performance in the concerned 5 coastal areas: Tyre (Lebanon), Maremma and Northern Puglia (Italy) and Kuriat Island and Monastir (Tunisia). The integrated and multi-stakeholders approach promoted by the project will boost citizens’ participation in marine litter removal activities, as well as the exchange of good practices and experiences among local institutions at Mediterranean level. The long-term impact of the project includes advancing towards the achievement of the Descriptor 10 of the Good Environmental Status (set by the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive) by 2020 in the pilot areas, meaning that “properties and quantities of marine litter do not cause harm to the coastal and marine environment.”

Who will benefit?

  • Policy-makers and environmental protection agencies 
  • 15 fishermen and their organisations 
  • 35 economic operators
  • 30 Marine Protected Areas
  • Local communities
     

Expected achievements

  • 10 studies on linkages between marine litter issue and land-based human activities 
  • 1 ICT platform for sharing methodologies and data on marine litter
  • 250 people trained on marine litter management 
  • 30 municipalities involved in a network of coastal cities against marine litter
  • 4 reports containing legal recommendations and best practices for improving the management of marine litter and governance issues
  • 50 civil society organisations participating in beach cleanup campaigns
     
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COMMON: a new laboratory to analyse the impact of marine litter

A new laboratory, connected to the COMMON project, was inaugurated at the University of Sousse, Tunisia to study the biological effects of plastic on marine biodiversity.

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COMMON project: first local working group in Lebanon

On 25 July, the Tyre Coast Nature Reserve, one of COMMON project partners, organised the first local working group, to introduce marine litter management in ICZM plans.

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COMMON project launched in Lebanon

Launched on 18 July 2020 in Tyre the COMMON project to tackle marine litter. The emergency of plastic pollution concerns the whole Mediterranean: in Lebanon, 124 thousand kg of plastic go unsorted each day.

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COMMON: Whatever you throw into the sea will come back to you

More than 62 million of debris are estimated to be floating in the Mediterranean Sea – one of the six areas most affected by marine litter in the world. COMMON is taking actions to address this challenge.

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COMMON project: Tyre Coast Nature Reserve is looking for an external auditor

The Lebanese Tyre Coast Nature Reserve has launched a call for an external auditor. Application deadline is July 29th, 2020.

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COMMON project launches ‘BEach CLEAN’, a campaign to reduce marine litter

The campaign encourages responsible and sustainable waste practices among beach operators and tourists in Italy, Tunisia and Lebanon.

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COMMON project: University of Siena is looking for an external auditor

University of Siena, partner of COMMON project, is opening a call for applications for an external auditor. Deadline: 10 July 2020

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COMMON project: Legambiente Onlus is looking for an external auditor

The Italian Non-profit organisation Legambiente opens a call for applications for an external auditor. Deadline: 5th of July 2020

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Presence of microplastics in fruit and vegetables: the first study with a COMMON partner

It is the first research that quantifies exposure to microplastics of less than 10 microns in the general population by ingesting these foods.

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COMMON PROJECT: University of Sousse is looking for an external auditor

University of Sousse is looking for a external auditor. The deadline for applications is 03 July 2020 at 12 noon.

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12 June 2020
COMMON project: call for purchase of a spectrometer

The Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer (INSTM) of Tunis has launched a call for tenders with simplified procedures for the acquisition of scientific equipment FTIR spectrometer.

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08 June 2020
COMMON: call for ENI CBC Med capitalisation projects, two webinars in Italy

Save the dates! On 12 June and 18 June, two online events will take place aimed at potential Italian applicants for the ENI CBC MED capitalisation call.

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02 June 2020
COMMON: start of monitoring activities of beach litter in Tunisia

The morning of June 2nd will be dedicated to monitoring Goulette, a touristic beach near the capital Tunis.

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23 May 2020
World Turtle Day: results of COMMON TartaQuiz

Over 1000 responses from 11 different countries: the risks for the Caretta Caretta sea turtle and its habits is widely recognized, whereas the level of pollution of the Mediterranean is relatively unknown.

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07 May 2020
COMMON project: online platform to monitor and tackle marine litter

The COMMON platform is a new, innovative tool in the fight against plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Sea.

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04 May 2020
COMMON TurtleQuiz, a quiz for the World Turtle Day

How much do you know about sea turtles and their habitat? Let’s test it out with the TurtleQuiz!

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28 April 2020
COMMON: a lasting Mediterranean network to stop marine litter

Interview of Serena Carpentieri, Deputy Director of Legambiente Onlus, for Europuglia.

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27 April 2020
COMMON Project: postponement of Clean Up the Med Campaign

In light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, we are postponing the Clean Up the Med 2020 to early Autumn in order to provide a safer experience to all the participants.

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07 April 2020
Microplastics: COMMON project puts marine species under observation

Mullet, sardines, mussels and bogues: these sentinel species will be placed under the lenses of the COMMON scientists to assess the presence of marine litter.

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26 March 2020
COMMON project: smart working to protect our seas

Due to the COVID19 outbreak, COMMON project is adapting its activities and adopting teleworking as a general measure. Nonetheless, from home, work continues to protect the health of our seas.

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27 February 2020
First COMMON Steering Committee: from local to global fight against marine litter in the Mediterranean Sea

The 1st Steering Committee of COMMON project was hosted by University of Sousse, Tunisia from 18 to 20 February 2020.

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17 February 2020
Tunisia: fishermen of port of Mahdia to support study on sea plastic pollution

Under the COMMON project, the local fishermen community of Mahdia, Tunisia will be associated to a study on sea plastic pollution.

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13 February 2020
Job vacancies under the COMMON project

COMMON is looking for 2 experts in the field of Integrated Coastal Zone Management and 1 project assistant.

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03 February 2020
Let's clean up the Sanremo beach with COMMON project

COMMON project will be present on February 5 for the clean up of the the Bussana beach (Italy), together with the Sanremo municipal administration, citizens and Italian rock star Piero Pelù.

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03 February 2020
A new life for 'Uragano' and 'Tempesta' sea turtles

Uragano and Tempesta, two loggerhead sea turtles victims of accidental capture, were safely returned to the Mediterranean sea as part of COMMON project activities.

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20 January 2020
COMMON in Venice for a Plastic-free healthy Mediterranean Sea

Experts from the Mediterranean, including the representatives of the COMMON project, meet in Venice to continue the cross-border coordination to tackle the threat of plastic litter.

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30 December 2019
Let’s clean up the Feniglia beach from marine litter

The COMMON project will take part in the cleaning of the Feniglia beach (Italy) on the 4th of January 2020 together with the Municipality of Orbetello, Legambiente, WWF and the well-known Italian singer Piero P…

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18 December 2019
Start of the COMMON project in Tunisia

Towards the creation of a new coastal management and monitoring network for addressing marine litter in the Mediterranean.

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11 December 2019
COMMON presented in Grosseto (Italy) - Press release

The Municipality of Grosseto hosted today the presentation of COMMON project (COastal Management and Monitoring Network for tackling marine litter in Mediterranean Sea).

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05 December 2019
COMMON, a network for Mediterranean protection

The emergency of plastic pollution concerns the whole Mediterranean and impacts negatively vital economic sectors, from tourism to fishing.

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29 November 2019
'Mare Nostrum, good of all'. Interview by COMMON project with Alessandra Sensi, Union for the Mediterranean

'To tackle marine litter we need to play all together and in the same direction', said Alessandra Sensi, Union for the Mediterrane…

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11 November 2019
COMMON: a Mediterranean network to tackle marine litter

Mediterranean Sea has become the sixth accumulation area of marine litter in the world. There is the need to face up this crucial issue with an integrated approach, all around the Mediterranean basin.