CleanAtlantic EAPA_46/2016



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Tackling marine litter in the Atlantic Area

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:

Centro Tecnológico del Mar - Fundación CETMAR
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ERDF funding 2.436.930,78 €
Total budget 3.249.241,04 €
Duration 2017-09-01 - 2020-08-31

Summary

Marine litter is a severe pollution threat with environmental, human health, safety and socioeconomic impacts and demanding regional collaboration. CleanAtlantic addresses this challenge and aims to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Atlantic Area by improving capabilities to monitor, prevent and remove (macro) marine litter. The project aims to contribute to raise awareness and change attitudes among stakeholders and to improve marine litter managing systems.
A picture of current situation, existing knowledge, data and initiatives in the Atlantic regions will be drawn and gaps will be defined. Current systems to monitor and record marine will be reviewed, and protocols, tools and indicators will be delivered to fill monitoring needs. Modelling tools to predict the origin, circulation and fate of marine litter will be developed, and regional maps of hotspots of accumulation will be elaborated using models and innovative technologies for space, aerial, surface and underwater unmanned systems. Prevention will be addressed by developing best practices to reduce inputs from fishing and port sectors. Removal of marine litter will be tackled by implementing initiatives of fishing for litter, reducing the presence of “abandoned lost and otherwise discarded fishing gears” on the sea-bed, and developing best practises for routine beach litter clean-up by local authorities. Training and awareness activities addressed to various audiences will be delivered and project outputs will be transferred to competent authorities and key stakeholders to improve management and facilitate Marine Strategy Framework Directive implementation.

Website: www.cleanatlantic.eu

Partner Location
1 Centro Tecnológico del Mar - Fundación CETMAR Galicia (ES)
2 Instituto Tecnolóxico para o Control do Medio Mariño de Galicia Galicia (ES)
3 Instituto Español de Oceanografia Galicia (ES)
4 Universidade de Santiago de Compostela Galicia (ES)
5 Centre de documentation,de recherche et d'expérimentations sur les pollutions accidentelles des eaux Bretagne (FR)
6 Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer Pays-de-la-Loire (FR)
7 Foras na Mara Border, Midland and Western (IE)
8 Direção-Geral de Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos Lisboa (PT)
9 Instituto Superior Técnico Lisboa (PT)
10 Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Suffolk (UK)
11 Direção Regional do Ordenamento do Território e Ambiente Madeira (PT)
12 Conférence des Régions Périphériques Maritimes d’Europe Bretagne (FR)
13 Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação – Associação Madeira (PT)
14 Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente All (ES)
15 OSPAR Secretariat Inner London (UK)
16 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála, agus Rialtais Áitiúil Border, Midland and Western (IE)
17 Ministère de l’Environnement, de l’Energie et de la Mer Ile-de-France (FR)
18 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Greater London (UK)
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