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

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
Project co-financing


Project in numbers

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Project duration

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Project outputs



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

Project news

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.


Project news

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 Pelù.


Project news

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.


Project news

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).


Project news

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.


Project news

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 Mediterranean.


Project news

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.