Advancing towards litter- free Atlantic coastal communities by preventing and reducing macro and micro litter

Blue and Green environment
Blue and Green environment
Blue and Green environment
Total budget
Total budget
3,63 M€
ERDF funding
ERDF funding
2,72 M€
Lead Partner
Lead partner
Centro Tecnológico del Mar - Fundación CETMAR (Galicia, ES)
01.11.2023 — 31.10.2026

Free-LitterAT is on a mission to make coastal communities free from litter by using their knowledge, tools, and technology, and getting everyone involved. They're focusing on a big problem called marine litter, which is trash in the sea. To tackle this issue, they're taking a comprehensive approach that includes preventing litter, keeping an eye on it, and cleaning it up when possible.

The main goal is to protect the variety of life in the ocean by coming up with new and creative ways to stop and reduce marine litter, especially things like lost fishing gear and tiny bits of plastic. Free-LitterAT plans to help by reducing the amount of litter going into the sea, finding out where it's coming from, improving how we watch for it, and making sure people know about the issue.

The project will create helpful tools, guidelines, and plans for managing waste, keeping an eye on marine litter, predicting where it might be, cleaning it up, and making sure the right authorities and people who work in the sea know what to do. Partners are building on what they've learned before and teaming up with others to find new solutions, all of which will be put into action through pilot projects.

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  • Instituto Tecnológico para el Control del Medio Marino de Galicia (Galicia, ES)
  • Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, ES)
  • ARDITI - Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação (Madeira, PT)
  • Direção Regional do Ambiente e Alterações Climáticas (Madeira, PT)
  • Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (Bretagne, FR)
  • Université Bretagne Sud (Bretagne, FR)
  • Universidade Lusófona (Lisboa, PT)
  • Marine Institute (Northern and Western, IE)
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Canarias, ES)
  • Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (Bretagne, FR)
  • An Taisce, Clean Coasts (Eastern and Midland, IE)
  • Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (Norte, PT)
  • Direção-Geral dos Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos (Lisboa, PT)

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Associated partners:

  • Asociación Española de Basuras Marinas (Comunidad de Madrid, ES)
  • Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica y el Reto Demográfico (Comunidad de Madrid, ES)
  • Conférence des Régions Périphériques Maritimes d'Europe (Bretagne, FR)
  • APLM - Associação Portuguesa do Lixo Marinho (Lisboa, PT)
  • Kommunernes International Miljøorganisation (Highlands and Islands, UK)
  • Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (Northern and Western, IE)
  • Asociación Vertidos Cero (Comunidad de Madrid, ES)
  • Ministry of Ecological Transition (Ile-de-France, FR)
  • OSPAR Commission (Outside the elegible area, UK
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