The final Issue Paper of the “International Conference on Prevention and Management of Marine Litter in European Seas” (10-12 April, 2013) and the posters exhibited at this event are now available on the conference web-site (http://www.marine-litter-conference-berlin.info/userfiles/file/Issue%20Paper_Final%20Version.pdf).
The final Issue Paper as well as the Message from Berlin were presented to the Marine and Water Directors at their current meeting (May 30-31) in Dublin. They thanked Germany and the European Commission for the successful organisation of the conference, welcomed this opportunity to debate possible solutions for marine litter in detail and took note of the Issue paper and the « Message from Berlin ». Furthermore the Marine and Water Directors agreed to consider marine litter in depth at their next meeting in Vilnius in December 2013. They asked the Marine Strategy Coordination Group and, if relevant, the EU Technical Subgroup on Marine Litter to follow up on elements discussed, in particular by looking at those aspects of the « Berlin message » which are linked to the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive. They also stressed the need to define ways to liaise with waste directors on the marine litter issue. Some relevant tasks related to the identification of land-based sources especially of microplastics and to land-based measures concerning improved marine protection are already incorporated in the now approved work programme 2013 – 2015 of the Common Implementation Strategy for the Water Framework Directive. Last but not least the Marine Directors agreed to support the work undertaken in the Regional Sea Conventions in combating Marine Litter, including the development of Regional Marine Litter Action Plans.