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


Foamed polystyrene products are a major and worrying source of marine litter in the Atlantic Ocean. These products, Expanded polystyrene (EPS) and Extruded polystyrene (XPS) are plastic foam materials used globally in the composition of several products, such as drinks cups, single-use food boxes and trays and other fragile or temperature sensitive products, floating structures in the sea, threatening the oceans and marine wildlife. Oceanwise aims to develop long-term measures to reduce the impact of EPS in the Atlantic Ocean.
Based on resource-efficiency participatory methods and circular economy principles, OceanWise will generate new and best practice within sectors considering the use, manufacturing, recycling and uptake of foamed polystyrene, working together with people who produce EPS and XPS, design products that use these materials or manage EPS and XPS waste.
This proposal is driven by the EU-Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the OSPAR Convention’s Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter.

Project website: http://www.oceanwise-project.eu/

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)
11 Repak Ltd Border, Midland and Western (IE)
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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