• Venerdì 29 Ottobre 2021
  • 10:00 - 13:30
  • Memo
  • Sala Diotallevi 1 Hall Sud
  • inglese
  • italiano

Organized by: Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee, Legambiente, University of Siena, Life Muscles                                    

Nets and tools from fishing and aquaculture activities, lost or abandoned or thrown into the sea, represent about 27% of the plastic waste found on European beaches and a greater proportion in weight, reaching up to 11 thousand tons per year. At EU level only 1,5% of fishing gears are recycled. Impacts on marine fauna, including fish stocks are several and still underestimated. These important economic sectors generate and, in turn, suffer the impact of waste dispersed in the marine environment, and there is a need to accelerate the development of a circular economy strategy approach. Awareness activities and direct involvement of fishermen and acquafarmers in collecting marine waste and used nets are essential to make this important sector more sustainable. Virtuous experiences of recycling and experimentation of new less impacting materials are already active and planned, they have to be promoted and expanded. Effective cross-border and cross sector cooperation in the implementation of existing policies and exchanging best practices could help to act at the Mediterranean scale. The conference will deliver practical case studies, experiences and policies to take stock of the situation at European and Mediterranean level.

Section Chairs

Stefano Ciafani, President of Legambiente
Cristina Fossi, University of Siena
Fabio Fava, University of Bologna & President of the Scientific Committee of Ecomondo


10.00 Introduction by the Chairs
Life Muscles, overview of the new project – Legambiente

10.20 Technical experiences
Cristina Panti, University of Siena
Loris Pietrelli, scientific committee of Legambiente
Andrea Di Stefano/Flavia Novamont
Alessio Bonaldo, University of Bologna
Croazia (TBC)
Anastasia Xaritou, iSea
Dr. Amel - Tunisian project on biomaterial with (TBC)
Carlo Franzosini, Miramare Marine Protected Area
Sana Ben Ismail, INSTM Tunisia

12.30-13.30 Round table
Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies (TBC)
Christos Ioakeimidis, UnepMap
Stefano Ciafani, Legambiente
Angelo Salsi, Commissione Europea - Capo Unità CINEA LIFE Environment (Nature & Circular Economy)
Eraldo Rambaldi, AMA

13.00 Discussion and Closure (by the chairs)