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The webinar ” Towards a NO-Plastic Sea: EU policies and Marine Protected Areas actions ” took place on 10th of November, 11:00h CET (Central Europe Time).

Within the context of the European Green Deal, and in particular the Circular Economy Action Plan and Biodiversity Strategy, the webinar explored Marine Protected Areas and plastic pollution. It took a closer look at some of the issues of addressing plastic pollution in Marine Protected Areas, through a number of case studies across Europe. The session brought together EU policy makers, European MPA managers, representatives from the private sector, and other stakeholders to discuss the challenges and potential ways forward and served as an opportunity on the exchange of knowledge, ideas and recommendations about the implementation of the relevant elements under the European Green Deal. Experts of the project ” Innovative Techniques and Methods for Reducing Marine Litter in the Black Sea Coastal Areas”, implemented by priority 2.2. “Awareness Raising and Joint Actions for Reducing River and Marine Litter”, Joint Operational Programme “Black Sea Basin 2014-2020”, also took part in the event.

The webinar was opened by Fernando Pinillos – EUROPARC Federation who presented the topic from the perspective of PA (Protective Areas) and Alberto Arroyo Schnell – International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), who congratulated the participants with well came from IUCN, and shared the union’s vision for tackling the plastic challenge.

Michail Papadoyannakis – European Commission, DG ENV put up for discussion ” EU policies against marine litter and the Green Deal perspectives “. As an expert working in the European Commission for Research, Industrial Policy and Environmental Affairs in the Directorate-General for the Environment and dealing mainly with issues related to waste management, hazardous substances, and, since 2009, marine environment issues, he was focused on the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, links with Regional Seas Conventions around Europe and marine litter.

It was then examined a Case Study: The Plastic Waste-Free Islands initiative by Joao Sousa – International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He was focused on collaborative solutions to mitigate plastic debris in the world’s oceans, which involves coordinating research to inform policy, creating platforms to encourage innovation and sharing of best practices, and cooperating with industry to change behavior.

Odei García-Garin, a biologist PhD candidate currently working at University of Barcelona on the occurrence, distribution and abundance of marine litter and its impact on marine fauna, presented the Case Study: The MEDSEALITTER project: Developing Mediterranean-specific protocols to protect biodiversity from litter impact at basin and local MPAs scales. He paid special attention on analysis of microplastics and plasticizers, techniques of remote sensing and monitoring of marine vertebrates.

The webinar was in English, but people with other languages on the web were also welcome. Many participants made comments, asked questions and heard the views of representatives of the private sector and other stakeholders. Everyone had the opportunity to get new ideas for best practices in production, extraction and recycling, drew inspiration from professionals to promote innovative research materials and design, following the principles of the circular economy, as well as promoting effective awareness-raising campaigns for citizens and consumers.

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Last Updated on 26 July, 2021

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