Main objectives are; Supporting and developing a network of Mediterranean stakeholders committed to curbing plastic pollution. Implementing effective and sustainable solutions and supporting the research of novel alternatives. Engaging stakeholders and the public by raising awareness and disseminating best practices.
BeMed was launched by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, with its partners: the Tara Expeditions Foundation, Surfrider Foundation Europe, the MAVA Foundation and joined by the IUCN. It benefits of the support of the Monaco Private Label, the Blue Marine Foundation, the Veolia Foundation and the Fondation Didier et Martine Primat.
As part of its main mission, BeMed launches a call for microinitiatives every year targeting actions that aim to curb plastic in the Mediterranean. The financial beneficiaries of the call are NGOs, local authorities, private companies with less than 20 employees and scientific institutions.
Through its partners, BeMed organises and takes part in different international conferences and workshops on plastic pollution to disseminate good practices and develop collaborations with Mediterranean stakeholders. Namely, a meeting of the laureates of the BeMed’s call for microinitiatives is organised every year during the Monaco Ocean Week to capitalise experiences, share feedback and strengthen initiatives. These events are a milestone in the creation of a Mediterranean players’ network.
BeMed also leads awareness raising events at the occasional , of the Monaco Ocean Week and the World Ocean Day. The aim of these events is to raise among the public and schoolchildren on plastic pollution in the ocean and its consequences for marine ecosystems and human health.
Solutions exist and we have to adopt them. The BeMed initiative aims to mobilise its network of committed partners around the same desire for a plastic-free Mediterranean Sea. It’s time to act now.
IN 2018, 13 PROJECTS WERE FUNDED IN NINE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES:
• Development of capacity building for associations to curb plastic pollution, Italy
• Organization of awareness raising campaigns to engage the public, Tunisia
• Research and awareness-raising on micro-plastic pollution sources, Greece
• Creation of a network of municipalities committed to curbing plastic pollution, Albania
• Creation of an alternative to single use plastic bags, Montenegro
• Blogging to encourage families to reduce their plastic use, Greece
• Involvement of the public in the location of plastic litter sources through social networks, Cyprus
• Recycling of plastic bags into reusable bags, Morocco
• Support of campsites and holiday resorts to reducing their use of plastic, France
• Involvement in political decision regarding plastic use, Spain
• Organisation of educational activities at sea to raise awareness of schoolchildren, France
• Transmission of knowledge about plastic pollution during water sport trainings, Spain
• Definition of a waste management system to prevent beach and marine litter on beaches, Spain