The LIFE LEMA project is part of the European LIFE program for the Environment and Action for the Climate that was approved in 2016 and represents an total investment of 2,1 million euros, of which 1,2 millions are cofinanced by the European Union.
LIFE LEMA will give local authorities a methodologic guide and smart tools for an efficient management of marine litter in the southeast waters of the Bay of Gascogne, for a period of 3 years (2016 – 2019).
LIFE LEMA will also encourage research of common solutions for the management of marine litter in transboundary waters by creating groups of experts that will lead dynamic sessions of improvement and follow-up on European directives – European strategy for the Marine Environment – and on European Funds for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries policies.
The project is formed by an international workgroup of 6 partners and its leader is Guipúzcoa’s Territorial Council. The team is completed by research centers AZTI and Rivages Pro Tech, public organization Syndicat mixte Kosta Garbia and the municipality of Biarritz, together with the nongovernmental organization Surfrifer Foundation Europe.