Agreements, meetings, events and joint projects
Marevivo’s work on the national territory is closely linked to the collaboration with European and international actors and stakeholders. We believe environmental protection is a global issue that must be addressed with the commitment of all countries of the world. We strengthen our international cooperation through agreements, meetings, events and joint projects.
The 23rd Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (COP 23) will take place in December 2023 in Portoroz, Slovenia. The Convention’s main objectives are to: assess and control marine pollution; ensure sustainable management of natural marine and coastal resources; integrate the environment in social and economic development; protect the marine environment and coastal zones through prevention and reduction of pollution and, as far as possible, elimination of pollution, whether land- or sea- based; protect the natural and cultural heritage; strengthen solidarity among Mediterranean
Marevivo takes part to the Interreg Euro-MED | Natural Heritage event in Slovenia
Marevivo will present its battles, achievements and ongoing actions to the event in Slovenia.
Marevivo signs the Only One petition
More than 380 million tons of plastic are produced each year. The petition signed in October 2023 has the goal of asking U.S. Leaders to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act To meet the plastic crisis, the U.S. Congress officially reintroduced The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act in October 2023. The legislation has the power to comprehensively tackle plastics production, inspire copycat legislation at the state level, introduce millions of Americans to progressive, science-backed solutions, and move the U.S. toward a strong position in the ongoing Global Plastics Treaty negotiations. It’s exactly the type of policy we need to center in this fight and Marevivo supports this action.
In August 2023 we became members of BFFP. #BreakFreeFromPlastic is the global movement working to achieve a future free from plastic pollution. More than 12,000 organizations and individuals around the world have come together to demand reductions in single-use plastics and to advocate for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. We as members work together to bring about systemic change by tackling plastic pollution across the whole value chain – from extraction to disposal – focusing on prevention rather than cure.
Marevivo signs the international petition of Patagonia to end bottom trawling
The aim of the petition, signed in August 2023, is to ask national EU governments to end bottom trawling, which is bulldozing our ocean floor, undermining small-scale fisheries, and deepening the climate crisis. Bottom trawling is one of the most damaging practices that humans inflict on our oceans, destroying seabed ecosystems, overfishing and indiscriminately killing everything from turtles and rays to sharks. Bottom trawling has an enormous climate impact too. Dragging nets along the seabed uses more fuel and produces four times more emissions than other types of fishing. It disturbs carbon-absorbing sediment and eradicates the marine plants and animals that take in carbon from the atmosphere. Oceans absorb a quarter of all the carbon dioxide that we produce, yet the practice of bottom trawling threatens to destroy this precious resource. We must protect our ocean so it can protect us.
The Med Sea Alliance is a campaign movement created in 2020 to bring together non-government organizations and networks working to improve the health and productivity of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the first time such a diverse alliance of organizations is collaborating in support of a common strategy to tackle overfishing and destructive fishing in the Mediterranean. Marevivo shares the alliance’s mission to call on decision-makers to build sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean Sea. In September 2023 we adhered to the call to action ‘Ending illegal bottom trawling in the Mediterranean Sea’ launched by the Alliance.
Marevivo partners UNEP/MAP at the Antalya Conference
As a partner of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/ Mediterranean Action Plan(MAP) with the aim of collaborating and supporting the development of measures to protect the marine ecosystem and the implementation of the Barcelona Convention, Marevivo participated in the Antalya COP22, the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and of the Mediterranean Coastal Region. The summit ended in Turkey on 10 December 2021 after four intense days of negotiations. The 22 Parties discussed nineteen proposals for decisions on issues ranging from pollution, marine and coastal biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development. One of the most significant results brought home is the approval of the decision to designate the entire Mediterranean as an area with controlled emission of sulfur oxides.
A project of the Ocean Conservancy Association that involves more than 15 million people around the world with the aim of preventing waste from entering our oceans. Through the actions of cleaning beaches and coasts we collect data on the most frequently found waste and put them in a global database that contributes to the creation of local policies, national and international waste management and the reduction or elimination of the most common and hazardous waste, such as single-use plastics. Europe and Middle East Region Cleanup Coordinator Symposium – In October 2019 we were in Oslo to prioritize and coordinate common actions to tackle ocean pollution. The International Coastal Cleanup coordinators currently represent 27 countries, islands and networks across Europe and the Middle East. International cooperation makes us stronger in view of the development of a framework for the reduction of marine litter on a global scale.
Blue Manifesto: A plan of concrete actions for the Oceans
Marevivo is part of the 102 environmental associations from all over Europe that have signed the Blue Manifesto, a rescue plan that outlines concrete actions to be implemented by 2030 in order to reverse the trend of degradation and pollution of oceans and coasts. To be effective, change must be implemented both at sea and on land.
The main points of the Blue Manifesto include:
- That at least 30% of the ocean is protected for most or all by 2030
- The transition to a low impact fishery
- To ensure a pollution-free ocean
- Planning of human activities to support the restoration of marine ecosystems
Ocean Action! Environmental associations against pollution
NGOs took part in Ocean Week 2020, seven days of events, discussions and activities focused on the protection of marine ecosystems and the threats that marine species and habitats face. In Brussels, where the main event involving all environmental associations took place, Marevivo presented its campaign #StopMicrofibre, to address the problem of microplastic pollution released by fabrics during washing machines.
Download our microfibre infographic, winner of the international contest for the best infographic that took place during the Ocean Action Conference.
Climate Leaders' Summit: Women Kicking It on Climate
On the occasion of the G7, the president of Marevivo Rosalba Giugni represented Italy at the meeting “Women Kicking it on Climate” in Ottawa, which in 2018 brought together women leaders in the battle against global warming. The event was organized by Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna. Marevivo called for governments and international organizations to place the sea at the center of concrete and urgent actions, ensuring human and economic resources for the maintenance of good health of the seas. Among the proposals to mitigate the problem of plastic in the sea, Marevivo presented its project to install waste collection systems directly at the mouth of the rivers.