Conference: Be part of removing PLASTIC from the oceans

The Environment Agency of Iceland will host a conference on plastics in the marine environment in Reykjavík, Iceland, on the 24th of September 2014.
The main objective of the conference is to put forward measures on how to minimize  plastic garbage in the marine environment with emphasis on the fishing industry.
Please reserve the date. More detailed agenda will be announced soon.

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Barcelona hosts European researchers on marine litter impacts

On 23rd and 24th January, the Catalan Waste Agency (ACR) hosts the CleanSea project meeting, an interdisciplinary project from the EU 7th Framework Programme which counts with EUCC Mediterranean Centre as partner in Barcelona.

The Project, led by Dr. Heather Leslie from University VU Amsterdam, holds its annual meeting to discuss progress on marine litter impacts research, particularly concerning plastics on marine organisms. Furthermore, European societal and economic drivers to marine litter generation are being addressed. The project aims to provide instruments and tools to keep European seas clean, healthy and productive.  It is improving the knowledge and understanding of marine litter composition, distribution and impact in order to identify strategies and right mix of measures to abate this problem.

This meeting comes in a crucial moment because of recent approval of the Regional Plan for the Management and Prevention of Marine Litter in the Mediterranean by the Barcelona Convention. Furthermore, the Catalan Waste Agency holds the ACR+ presidency, the European Network of local and regional stakeholders for integrated resources and waste management, which is being extended throughout the Mediterranean region. The ACR will present some best practices such as the pilot project on packaging deposit-return system in Cadaqués and the agreement to reduce the use of plastic bags in Catalonia. Furthermore, the UNEP/MAP Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC), hosted by the ACR, will present the main objectives and measures gathered at the Mediterranean Regional Plan on Marine Litter.

The EU is addressing this problem that affects all European seas and which consequences that are still not fully understood. For this reason, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive includes marine litter as an element to be corrected to achieve healthy and productive seas. Recently, Barcelona has been a pilot study area to identify main marine litter sources. In the metropolitan area there is a notable concern about marine litter generation due to sewage overflows at rain episodes. CleanSea project aims not only to elaborate corrective and removal measures but also those addressing responsible production, consumption and behaviour to avoid litter in the marine environment.

Baltic Marine Litter Conference

Date: Starting 22nd October 12.30
Ending: 23rd of October 12.30
Place: Stockholm, Radisson Blu Strand Hotel

Marine litter has not been considered a major problem in the Baltic Sea, still there has been a huge knowledge gap about the amounts and sources of marine litter.

During the Baltic Marine Litter project, beach litter has been monitored on the shores of the Baltic Sea, using a standardised method developed by UNEP/Regional Seas.

For the first time ever we can now present results on marine litter in the Baltic Sea.

Take the chance to meet the partners of the project and take part of the results.
Responsible authorities of implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive will present national challenges concerning marine litter. Representatives from NGOs, the tourism sector, shipping sector and waste management experts will also be there to discuss actions and good examples to reduce litter entering the environment.

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YOUMARES 4 Conference: marine plastic pollution among the themes

Registration for YOUMARES 4 in Oldenburg, Germany from 11.-13.09.2013 is now open!

Among other theme sessions, it includes:

Marine Plastic Pollution: From Sources to Solutions

Plastic accounts for around 70% of the marine debris and since synthetic material has a long decomposition time it poses a great risk for the marine environment. Physical, chemical and biological degradation lead to smaller plastic particles. These microplastics also accumulate in the marine environment bringing about yet unknown threads. Plastic pollution is a complex subject causing tremendous ecological, economical and social problems. Young researchers are invited to contribute with their work on plastic in the marine environment and its associated problems to solve the gaps in our knowledge. We would also like to encourage the presentation of management recommendations and strategies on how to reduce and monitor marine plastic pollution.

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