Cleaner waters for the Mediterranean

Cleaner waters for the Mediterranean

meditteranean seaNew measures that have come into force this week will mean that pollution levels in the Mediterranean will fall and marine wildlife will benefit as the sea gets cleaner.

The new measures put in place a time-line to limit the discharge and impact of dangerous chemicals from industrial complexes and pesticide run off from agricultural lands. the new measures coming in to force were put in place by the Barcelona Convention and Mediterranean Action Plan.  The plan involves the 21 countries that have a coastline with the Med and have a time line for completion of between 2015 and 2019. The plan seeks to tackle the most dangerous pollutant to marine wildlife including;

  • Aldrin
  • Chlordane
  • Dieldrin
  • Endrin
  • Heptachlor
  • Mirex
  • Toxaphene
  • DDT and its stockpiles.

Today marks the beginning of a new phase in the implementation of the Barcelona Convention, where our verbal commitments are framed by concrete deadlines for action“, said Maria Luisa Silva, UNEP/MAP Officer-in-charge. “This is a brand new approach to tackling polluting chemicals, as the mandatory deadlines and concrete measures will indeed accelerate the pace of effective pollution reduction in the Mediterranean“.

Francesco Saverio Civili, MEDPOL Coordinator, said, “We enter this new phase with renewed enthusiasm. Additional measures can now be negotiated and implemented, and we will continue to support the countries in the implementation and further development of their regional plans“.

photo credit: Philippe Guillaume

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