Trying to minimize marine litter in Turkey

on 15 April 2011.

The Mediterranean sea is heavily burdened with litter. A three-day training course on how to effectively deal with marine litter took place in Istanbul, Turkey (7-9 March 2011) within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/MEP project. Around thirty professionals mainly from coastal local and regional authorities of the country and NGOs took part in the course, which was organized by the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) with the support of Waste.

The course was designed to enhance the decision making skills of the participants on the basis of the Integrated Sustainable Waste Management approach. The main objective of the course, which forms part of a wider capacity building effort, was to enhance the trainees’ understanding of the complex and multidimensional problems of marine litter in the region and help them appreciate the importance of Integrated Sustainable Waste Management as an essential tool for a sustainable marine litter management programme. To this end, preliminary marine litter management plans were drafted to be used by the participants’ units/administrations.

Future training workshops on the subject are scheduled to take place in Albania, Algeria and Israel.