Blue Island - Newsletter #1

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  • Par  Sandy ARGOUD

June 2017 - Newsletter #1

The BLUEISLANDS project aims to identify, address and mitigate the effect of the seasonal variation of waste generated on Mediterranean islands as an effect of tourism. In the summer season, mediterranean islands host a far greater population. This is beneficial for the local economies, but it also places a great burden on the local infrastructures, especially for waste management systems.
By improving knowledge about waste streams, building common guidelines and improving synergies among MED islands’ communities, BLUEISLANDS project aims to promote sustainable tourism patterns and fuel local loops of circular economy.
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Project team at the 2nd Technical Committee, Athens, 23 June 2017



Monitoring plastic Pollution in MED Islands

Plastic pollution is threatening the oceans, marine animals and even human health. When it is dropped on land, plastic often ends up in the marine system where it disintegrates into small pieces  that can easily be integrated to the food web. Beaches represent one of the main gate for plastic to enter the ocean, associated to the current system of mass tourism over the last few decades, this represents a threat, especially in islands.


Mitigating wastewater impact

Wastewater treatment plants are often undersized to deal with the increase in wastewater during the high season tourist peak. The effect is the alteration of ecosystems and of seawater quality with negative repercussions on tourism itself. BLUEISLANDS is developing a monitoring system to investigate the quality of coastal seawater through short-term macroalgae deployments.



Marine litter management in the Mediterranean

The Maltese Islands are situated at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea. The Maltese territorial waters extend to 9.65km from the coast, comprehending an area of about 3,000 km2. Limited investigations were so far carried out on benthic (sea bottom) marine litter in the Maltese Islands. The beach surveys which are being carried out as part of the BLUEISLANDS project are expected to provide a better picture of the marine litter situation in the Maltese islands. READ MORE


Hotel Rifiuti Zero
Waste management is an ever increasing aspect of tourism and still, very often, key actors in the tourism industry are faced with barriers to reducing waste. Those barriers are mainly due to a lack of information, time constraints, space and finance. Furthermore, waste management is still generally perceived as an additional burden, instead of a potential income generating resource. READ MORE
Reuse of gypsum and leftover fish processing in Réunion
There is a waste common to all islands: leftover fish processing. Usually considered as a source of pollution and a health-related question, it can be transformed to a good fertilizer for local agriculture as it is done in Pacific islands, for instance on Réunion island. READ MORE


Kick-Off Meeting of the Interreg MED Thematic Community on sustainable tourism
16-17 April 2017, Marseille
We are Med - MED Program Community Event
16 May 2017, Alicante




Beach clean-up!
23 May 2017, Mallorca


EESC Public Hearing on entrepreneurship on islands
2 June 2017, Bruxelles