Stakeholder meeting of the INTERREG IVA 2SEAS MICRO project “MICROPLASTICS – Is it a threat for the 2 Seas area”

Date: 10 September 2014 – 14h
Location: ILVO, Ostend (Belgium)

Since the rise of the plastic production and it’s frequent use in many aspects of our daily life, the presence of marine litter is a growing concern. Plastic debris degrade into smaller particles, the so-called microplastics, which tend to accumulate in the marine environment, affect marine life and may end up in the food chain. Marine Litter, inclusive microplastics, is mentioned as one of the descriptors of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive for which attention is needed to reach a Good Environmental Status.

For the past two years five scientific institutes from Belgium, England, the Netherlands and France performed a risk assessment to determine the impact of microplastics within the Interreg 2Seas area and the Channel region. Several aspects were studied. Sampling en modelling work to look at the presence of this pollution and the characterization of the polymers, the chemical compounds adsorbed on plastic and the bacteria able to colonize plastic debris were combined with experiments to assess the impact on some sentinel species of the marine environment and on maritime activities.

We kindly invite you to the stakeholder (policymakers, socio-economic actors, scientists) meeting of this project on which the results of the consortium will be presented followed by a discussion on the main issues of the microplastics problem. The meeting will be closed by a reception.

Please confirm your attendance before September 1st by sending an Email to: micro@ilvo.vlaanderen.be

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