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TouMaLi: Marine litter and sustanable waste management in North-African coastal tourism regions

01.05.2021 - 30.04.2024
Project coordinated by:
University of Rostock, Department of Waste and Resource Management
Project manager (IOW):
Prof. Dr. habil. Gerald Schernewski
BMU - Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit
Associated Institutions:
University of Rostock, Department of Waste and Resource Management
adelphi research gGmbH
Landbell AG
BlackForest Solutions
Tunis International Centre for Environmental Technologies
National Centre for Fisheries and Aquaculture Research and Development
University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad
Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport
The overall project goal is to reduce the proportion of waste from coastal tourism in North-African states (Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunesia), and to recycle and reuse unavoidable waste in order to sustainably reduce the overall amount of marine and beach littering. Major activities are the development and implementation of a coastal monitoring program; the definition of a pollution baseline as well as marine litter pollution assessments; the evaluation of solid waste management and current mitigation measures; the analysis, implementation and monitoring of legal, organizational, financial and technical solutions and measures with local, regional and national actors; and the provision of capacity building and awareness rising in the regions. 


  • Baccar Chaabane, A., Robbe, E., Schernewski, G., Schubert, H. (2022). Decomposition Behavior of Biodegradable and Single-Use Tableware Items in the Warnow Estuary (Baltic Sea). Sustainability 14: 2544,