Programme of coordinated management of marine litter on the shore of Marseille Provence Metropolis Urban Community (France)

MerTerre, with the help of technicians that clean the beaches of the Marseille Provence Metropolis Urban Community, set up a system of measurement of waste found on three beaches. MerTerre is making measurement on 3 other beaches, using the OSPAR/MerTerre method. This helped understand the state of pollution by marine litter and to carry out a synthesis of actions for its reduction.

In this three year programme, curative and preventive solutions of reduction are proposed for years 2 and 3, while still maintaining the monitoring of waste on the beaches. Within the framework of the programme, various actions aimed at sensitizing the involved actors are also carried out.


Place / Location


Marseille Provence Metropolis Urban Community (18 municipalities) in Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur region.

Commencement Date September 2011
Duration 3 years
Theme Prevention, Mitigation, Awareness (Cross-cutting)
Type of Initiative Policy/Regulation Implementation, Practice/ Activity/ Action, Campaign 
Initiated by MerTerre
Involved Stakeholders Directors of the concerned services of the municipalities, local elected officials, smokers, picnickers,  cleaning technicians, the passengers of the ships, fishermen, consumers, associations, fast food establishments.
Funding/Financial Support Yes, by  Marseille Provence Metropolis Urban Community.
Success Rate Not yet known, but this project is already a success when it comes to sensitizing the local stakeholders.
Case Study prepared by

Isabelle Poitou, MerTerre, France

Submitted by

Isabelle Poitou, MerTerre, France

MARLISCO Partner 7

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