BARCELONA Convention - Cleaning up the Sea

After months of preparatory work, the parties to the 1975 Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution on Friday adopted a regional plan for marine waste management. An estimated 10 million tons of trash reach the planet's seas and oceans every year, damaging the environment, human health, and the economy. The plan issued today aims to reduce pollution from marine refuse, reduce the amount of trash that reaches the sea, remove existing trash where possible, and educate the public about this issue.

''It provides a common frame of reference for Mediterranean countries in dealing with this problem'', the European Commission said in a note.

''I am delighted to see the Convention on the Mediterranean taking the problem of marine waste so seriously'', said EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik.

''This is an important step towards significantly reducing the amount of trash that ends up in the sea by 2025, as world leaders promised at the Rio+20 summit last year'', Potocnik added.

''I hope other regional conventions on the sea will take similar steps'', he concluded.



SOURCE: Ansa med