In June 2006, H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco established a foundation to address the alarming threats to our planet’s environment. In the realm of oceans, the foundation is particularly active in developing marine protected areas and in fighting against plastic pollution.
The Foundation inaugurated the Beyond Plastic Med initiative on March 10, 2015, with the Tara Expeditions Foundation, Surfrider Foundation Europe and the Mava Foundation to support innovative solutions to preserve the health of the Mediterranean Sea. On the occasion of its first anniversary, Beyond Plastic Med is launching a new campaign around the Mediterranean basin where plastic pollution rates are among the world’s highest.
It is urgent to develop concrete solutions such as water treatment, waste management, use of biodegradable plastic and innovation to encourage the creation and use of alternative products. There are many solutions but a jumpstart is necessary for their implementation at the regional level.
The Beyond Plastic Med initiative proposes various actions in 2016:
• A call for projects addressed to individuals and associations around the Mediterranean basin to innovate and create practical solutions.
• A 2nd BeMed Meeting: “Private Enterprise and NGOs against Plastic at Sea”, May 9-10, 2016 in Monaco. For more information
• “Plastic vagabond”: A campaign to raise awareness, and an international art competition. For more information
Follow us in 2016 at: www.beyondplasticmed.org
Contact: André Abreu (Tara Expeditions Foundation) for more information about the BeMed partnership.