'Improved online public access to environmental monitoring data and data tools for the Black Sea Basin supporting cooperation in the reduction of marine litter' — MARLITER

European Neighbourhood Policy
Black Sea Basin Programme


Marine LitterWatch Month

The Marine LitterWatch Month, September — October 2019, is an initiative carried out by EEA Marine LitterWatch Programme in close collaboration with Aarhus University, Roskilde University, Black Sea NGO Network, Keep Sweden Tidy, Swiss Litter, HELMEPA, Legambiente, Marine Conservation Society, Mare Nostrum, MARNOBA, MIO-ECSDE, Plastic Change, Portuguese Association of Marine Litter, EMBLAS+ and Surfrider Foundation Europe.

All of them are registered as Communities in the database of Marine LitterWatch (MLW). The participants have collected more than 1 million beach litter items in 2340 beach surveys and registered them to MLW database during 6 years. Around 80% of these items are plastics. Top 5 items are cigarette butts, plastic pieces, plastic cups/lids drinks, polystyrene pieces and glass or ceramic fragments.

The measure can be described as very successful in terms of the EU regional seas. It needs promotion in the Black Sea neighbourhood countries. Marine LitterWatch provides input for the MARLITER project focused on the use of data and data tools for the improvement of environmental monitoring in the Black Sea Basin.

Over 1000 participants run for a cleaner Black Sea in Constanta on 27 October 2019

Press release, 25.10.2019, (PDF, 130 KB)

Marine litter, a constant concern for Mare Nostrum NGO since 1999

Press information