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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 16:07

PERSEUS Project Invited D-Waste for Consultation on Marine Litter – Izmir, Turkey, 8-10 May 2014

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Maria Tsakona, D-Waste Product Manager, travelled to Izmir Turkey, between 8 and 10 of May to attend the consultation process related to marine litter, entitled “Blue growth for Green Cities: Documenting anthropogenic impacts and suggesting policy options”. The session was organized by PERSEUS research project ( ) that assesses the dual impact of human activity and natural pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Sea. 

Scope of the interactive consultation was to facilitate dialogue and cooperation, to identify challenges and barriers, to providing services of coastal and marine ecosystems in relation to social needs, while at the same time could identify potential, achievable solutions.

The first day was devoted to presentations from scientists on documenting the anthropogenic impacts and adding up the knowledge-base issues on these themes. Key speakers Prof. George Papatheodorou from the Oceanus-net of Laboratories of the University of Patras and Francois Galgani, Project Manager of Infremer, presented the current situation and challenges of marine litter in the coastal and marine environment of Mediterranean Sea.

The consultation session took place the second and third day and was an excellent opportunity for stakeholders to express existing beliefs and expectations on the subject of tourism and marine litter, identify obstacles and propose possible solutions. 14 stakeholders of the private and public sectors as well as Associations and NGOs from the Mediterranean area had been invited in this highly interactive session.

During the consultation process Ms Tsakona made clear that one of the major challenges to control marine litter is to increase our efforts in establishing adequate waste management systems in land. Most marine litter consists of material that derives from human activities which are not being efficiently collected, disposed of or processed properly at source. The problem is even greater when trying to control materials that end up at sea from developing countries, where waste management and environmental awareness are of minor priority. To control what gets into the sea we need to control waste production upstream.

The development of a central database along with an online platform to place and evaluate all available information regarding marine litter was identified as need to draft the baseline and manage marine pollution.

For more information about the Perseus stakeholder session please click here





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