BLUEISLANDS

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The BLUEISLANDS project's goal is to identify, address and mitigate the effects of the seasonal variation of waste generation on Mediterranean islands as an effect of tourism, and establish the necessary conditions to fuel local loops of circular economy. 

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Highlights

  • The BLUEISLANDS website has been launched in September 2017. It is designed to help spreading and improving knowledge about the waste streams responsible for marine litter, in particular plastics. In addition, it will focus on the correlation between tourism and marine litter, and will promote the activities of the partners within the project. Visitors can discover the latest news from partners and results from surveys and research about plastic and marine litter in relation with tourism, including experiments and reports of data collection.
  • The project hasconducted a monitoring of plastic pollution. Surveys on micro and macro-plastic were undertaken and preliminary results show that on average plastic debris largely dominate the composition of marine litter, and a higher proportion of plastic items is present on the most touristic beaches.

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THE PROJECT

The BLUEISLANDS project aims to properly identify, address and mitigate the effects of the seasonal variation of waste generation on Mediterranean islands as an effect of tourism. The ultimate goal of the project is to establish the necessary conditions so that the waste generated on each island will serve as a resource bank which will be used to fuel local loops of circular economy.

 

ACTIVITIES

BLUEISLANDS project will measure the quantity and composition of waste generated over a twelve-month period on nine Mediterranean islands, examining the correlation between the quantified waste generated and both the number of tourists and the presence of litter in the coastal environment. At the same time, the existing waste management structure and followed respective practices will be assessed.

On the basis of a report prepared from the results derived from all nine islands involved, Blue Islands project will formulate a multidimensional tool, in order to allow potential stakeholders to address effectively the problematic phenomenon. Over a following twelve-month period the tool will be implemented with selected action plans for each participating island, while the efficacy of each action plan will be evaluated.

PARTNERS INVOLVED

BLUEISLANDS project’s leader is Cyprus Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.

The project brings together partners from 8 countries:
•   ACR+
•   Autonomous University of Barcelona
•   Balearic islands Government
•   CoNISMa - National Inter-University Consortium for Marine Sciences
•   EA Eco-Entreprises
•   INSULEUR - Network of the Insular CCI of the European Union
•   Municipality of Mykonos
•   Primorje and Gorski Kotar county
•   Region of Crete
•   Rhodes Municipality
•   Sardinia Region
•   Taormina Etna Consortium
•   Wasteserv Malta*

* ACR+ member