OceanWise EAPA_252/2016



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Wise reduction of EPS marine litter in the North-East Atlantic Ocean

Call 2016
Priority 4. Enhancing biodiversity and the natural and cultural assets
Objective 4.1. Improving the protection of biodiversity and ecosytems services

Lead partner:

Direção-Geral dos Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos
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ERDF funding 2.140.152,60 €
Total budget 2.853.536,78 €
Duration 2018-01-01 - 2020-12-31

Summary

OceanWise aims to jointly develop a set of longterm measures to reduce the impact of expanded polystyrene products (EPS) in the North-East Atlantic Ocean. 13 partners including national governmental agencies responsible for marine environment, waste management and recycling will take up this challenge within circular economy principles.
Tangible solutions will be set by addressing the entire life-cycle of EPS products to achieve transnational sound management of EPS marine litter in the Atlantic. Based on resource-efficiency, participatory methods and Circular Economy principles, this project will generate new and best practices within sectors using, manufacturing or recycling EPS.
With this aim, the consortium is intended to explore new ways to:
(i) Identify EPS products and their source that are more likely to reach the marine environment and impact on its ecosystems;
(ii) Propose and test plausible options (reduce, reuse, recycle, recover) to achieve better environmental outcomes within different sectors;
(iii) Engage producer and designer communities on the sustainability of specific applications and to explore more circular models;
(iv) Develop CE-oriented methodologies to assess new opportunities, barriers and policy options.
This proposal is driven by the EU-Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the OSPAR Convention’s Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter.

Partner Location
1 Direção-Geral dos Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos Lisboa (PT)
2 Universidade NOVA de Lisboa – Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia Lisboa (PT)
3 University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Cork Southern and Eastern (IE)
4 Bord Iascaigh Mhara Border, Midland and Western (IE)
5 Centro Tecnológico del Mar – Fundación CETMAR Galicia (ES)
6 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil Border, Midland and Western (IE)
7 Centre de documentation,de recherche et d'expérimentations sur les pollutions accidentelles des eaux Bretagne (FR)
8 Sociedade Ponto Verde Lisboa (PT)
9 ICCI SEA BIRD Bretagne (FR)
10 UNIVERSITE BRETAGNE SUD Bretagne (FR)
11 Repak Ltd Border, Midland and Western (IE)
12 SUSTAINABILITY INNOVATION, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA Navarra (ES)
13 OSPAR Secretariat Cumbria (UK)
14 Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC) South Holland (NL)
15 Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Dorset and Somerset (UK)
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