Plastic Busters CAP
Photo by Matteo Baini courtesy of University of Siena
Fostering knowledge transfer to tackle marine litter in the Med by integrating EbA into ICZM

About the project

Marine litter, the vast majority of which is made of plastics, is globally acknowledged as a major environmental and societal challenge of our time. The Mediterranean is one of the most affected seas by marine litter worldwide, originating primarily from shoreline activities. Therefore, its effective management requires relevant instrument of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) that should be embedded into local development planning. The proposed project will capitalize upon and effectively transfer available knowledge and tools from 5 projects that address the entire management cycle of marine litter - from monitoring and assessment to prevention and mitigation. The project’s comprehensive, multilevel and strategic approach will facilitate the efforts of decision makers and stakeholders in effectively dealing with marine litter towards good environmental status in the Mediterranean. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the situation as the use of single-use plastics (SUP) such as gloves and masks has increased, threatening to stall and even reverse the progress achieved with regard to SUP which account for up to 50% of beach litter.

Key information

Plastic Busters CAP
Fostering knowledge transfer to tackle marine litter in the Med by integrating EbA into ICZM
B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation
B.4.4 Integrated coastal zone management
Italy, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan

Financial data

1.1 million
Total budget
0.9 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


Project in numbers

Technical outputs

Project duration

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Project outputs




To enhance and transfer knowledge, experience and best practice tools that address the entire management cycle of marine litter from monitoring and assessment to prevention and mitigation, towards an integrated and strategic approach that couples Ecosystem-based management and ICZM into local development planning

What will be improved?

The project will consolidate and fully exploit the knowledge obtained by 5 relevant projects in order to develop tailored-made capitalization outputs that will create the enabling conditions for a societal shift towards sustainable consumption and production patterns, and a truly circular and green economy. In the long-term, it will enhance ecosystem services via a reduced leakage of marine litter and marine plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Sea and less emissions of greenhouse gases by a wise-use and sustainable disposal of plastics. 

Who will benefit?

  • Regional authorities, municipalities & local authorities, including port authorities
  • Coastal and marine industry (commercial fishing, shipping, aquaculture, coastal tourism)
  • Waste management sector
  • Industrial sector (including plastics industry and their down-stream users in the supply chain)
  • Environmental NGOs
  • Educational community and citizens

Expected achievements

  • 5 training programmes on marine litter monitoring and assessment
  • 5 pilot marine litter monitoring and assessment campaigns
  • 4 pilot actions to mitigate marine litter
  • 5 training programmes on marine litter mitigation measures
  • 1 roadmap for marine litter policy priorities
  • 1 coastal cities network for a litter-free Mediterranean & Turtle Rescue Centre network

Contribution to policy-making

The project will concretely contribute to the key local, national and regional policies related to marine litter in the involved territories, with special emphasis on the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)  (D10) related to marine litter and the Barcelona Convention Regional Plan on marine litter management. Specifically, the results of the project's pilot marine litter monitoring campaigns are expected to be taken up by the institutional partners which will progressively factor them into their national monitoring programs. The demo mitigation measures will effectively support the operationalization of relevant measures in all Mediterranean countries and will promote their uptake within national programmes. The project through its policy outputs will define and provide strategic inputs, strengthen and feed into other relevant strategies and policies such as the Circular Economy Package, the Plastics Strategy, the SUPs Directive and the upcoming SUPs related guidelines of the Barcelona Convention, green/blue economy related policies, etc. Furthermore, through the already existing link and involvement into the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) relevant platforms, key inputs will be provided to the UfM Working Group on Environment and Climate Change; the Working Group on Blue Economy.


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PLASTIC BUSTERS CAP has launched a call for tenders to support project management

The deadline for submitting applications is 25th January 2022 at 12.00 CEST.