Mediterranean countries set to agree on halting marine plastic pollution

Mediterranean countries are expected to agree to eliminate plastic pollution at sea by 2030 when they meet at the conference of the parties to the Barcelona Convention in Naples next week.

According to a draft of the ministerial declaration that will be signed at the event, countries will make the bold decision “to scale up efforts” and adopt “national plans to progressively achieve 100% plastic waste collection and recycling”. 

The draft statement recognises that plastics account for up to 95% of floating marine litter and more than 50% of seabed litter in the Mediterranean, with more than 60% originating from single-use plastic products. Recent studies have revealed a threefold increase in litter at the bottom of the Mediterranean since the 1990s. 

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