The city of Vlorë, located near to the unique Karaburun-Sazan MPA, was the site chosen by the Ministry of Tourism and Environment of Albania to host the National Info Day on 20 October 2020.
The aim of the meeting was to engage and interact with the Albanian marine litter community, promote synergies, enhance impact, inform about the project activities and raise awareness on the marine litter issue.
Among the attendees were national, regional and local authorities, as well as international organisations, management bodies of coastal and marine protected areas, academic institutions, fisheries and aquaculture private businesses, restaurants and beach service providers, port authorities and NGOs. Journalists from local and national media were also interested in the event.
The third session, dedicated to the field trip to Karaburun Peninsula, which is part of the Karaburun-Sazan MPA, focused on the demonstration of Plastic Busters MPAs monitoring protocols for MPAs.
During the first session, the speakers’ interventions focused on the Plastic Buster MPAs project activities and results, especially the harmonised methodologies for marine litter monitoring, the project’s awareness-raising activities and waste management policies in Albania. The second session shared experiences with other Albanian marine litter-related projects, such as the recently funded BeMed Project, ‘Between islands and the rivers for a plastic-free Albania’. A discussion followed on how to raise awareness and on how to improve MPAs coverage and integrated waste management and prevention in Albania. The third session, dedicated to the field trip to Karaburun Peninsula, which is part of the Karaburun-Sazan MPA, focused on the demonstration of Plastic Busters MPAs monitoring protocols for MPAs.
The Interreg Med Plastic Busters MPAs project provides a comprehensive, multifaceted and coordinated approach to fighting marine litter in Mediterranean pelagic and coastal marine protected areas, aimed at achieving healthy marine ecosystems. The project entails actions addressing the entire marine litter management cycle, from monitoring and assessment to prevention and mitigation. The project is implemented by 15 partners in collaboration with 17 associated partners from the following 8 Mediterranean countries: Albania, France, Greece, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Cyprus and Slovenia.