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Marine litter assessment Marine litter assessment

 WP 4

OVERARCHING AIM

To facilitate the efforts of policy makers and stakeholders in effectively dealing with the issue of marine litter in the Adriatic MacroRegion.

OBJECTIVE

-  To provide a comprehensive, coherent and transparent characterization and analysis of the marine litter problem     (including socio-economic aspects) in the Adriatic;

To pave the way for the adoption of a coordinated and harmonized approach in terms of marine litter monitoring;

 - To provide recommendations related to policy options in meeting regional and national objectives regarding marine litter (MSFD, ECAP);

- To identify gaps and needs as a basis for setting priorities for action in terms of addressing the issue of marine litter effectively and ensuring the sustainable management and use of the marine environment and coastal zones.

PLANNED ACTIVITIES IN A NUTSHELL

-  Defining an assessment and monitoring strategy for marine litter in the Adriatic, through a deliberative process;

 - Carrying out a comprehensive assessment of the status (amounts, composition, impacts) of marine litter in the Adriatic, through monitoring surveys in the different environmental compartments of the Adriatic and analysing the related socio-economic implications;

-  Establishing a Regional Network of Experts on marine litter in the region;

Setting up a marine litter database;

Building capacities to monitor marine litter in a harmonized way through reinforced exchange of experiences, techniques and know-how;

 - Building synergies with other ongoing relevant initiatives/projects in the region and capitalizing on existing knowledge.