Thursday 23-05 03:00

THE ROLE OF COASTAL MUNICIPALITIES AS A SOURCE OF SOLUTIONS

Ocean Room

Moderator

PhD.
Vanessa Sarah Salvo
PhD in Marine Science by the University of Genoa (...
Institutiona...
Institut d...
Ms.
Carolina Pérez Valverde
A lawyer by education, Carolina has over 20 years&...
Head of Know...
MedCities

Speakers

Mr.
Marc Balcells
My scientific career focuses on studying marine po...
Researcher
ICATMAR/IC...
PhD.
Aida Ovejero Campos
Degree in Biology from the University of León and ...
Project tech...
CETMAR
Ms.
Stefania Campogianni
Expert in international communications and project...
Project Mana...
WWF Medite...
Mr.
Josep Canals-Molina
Josep Canals is an ecologist with extensive experi...
Secretary Ge...
MedCities
Mr.
Andrés Del Castillo
Senior Attorney at the Center for International En...
Senior Attor...
Center for...
PhD.
Vanessa Sarah Salvo
PhD in Marine Science by the University of Genoa (...
Institutiona...
Institut d...

Description

Almost three-quarters of the world’s population lives within 50 km of the sea, originating multiple stressors that have negative effects on coastal zones. Marine litter pollution, particularly plastic debris, is a global concern for which the international community declared the urgency to act. Cities and coastal communities are associated with land-based marine pollution, which can result from run-off, sewage overflows, littering, poor waste disposal and management, and industrial activities. To a lesser extent, marine debris comes from the sea, with plastic pollution coming mainly from fishery, recreational boating and aquaculture, among others. Local administrations are also part of the solutions promoting policies  for prevention, reduction and recycling supporting new technologies and innovation as well as engaging citizens into action. Currently, the institutions emphasize the need for coordinated action among countries supported by regional and international conventions. Emphasizing instruments to reduce and eliminate marine plastic pollution at all levels of the value chain, by discouraging plastic use and educating to achieve a sustainable consumption.

Science, Policy and Society are essential to support the transformative change in the socio-economical system towards the coastal cities of the future. This session will focus on the experiences of researchers, local authorities and citizens in addressing plastic pollution building up  a dialogue around best practices and experiences mainly in the Mediterranean coasts.

 

Programme

Carolina Perez Valverde. Introduction to the session

  • The manifesto of the Ocean Cities Network (OC-NET) addressing the global plastic crisis from the coastal areas perspective towards an inclusive Global Treaty on Plastic – Vanessa Sarah Salvo. Ocean Cities Network.
  • Global Treaty on Plastic and local communities and human rightsAndrés del Castillo. CIEL.
  •  BlueMissionMed, efforts of the local administrations and innovative solutions to tackle marine pollution in the Mediterranean Region –  Josep Canals Molina. Medcities.
  • Scientists and fishers collaborating to gather data for best management practices in Barcelona –  Marc Balcells. Institut de Ciències del Mar – CSIC / ICATMAR (ES).
  • Contribution of the fishing sector to prevent and reduce marine litter in Galicia: Plan MarlimpoAida  – Ovejero Campos. Project Technician – Area of Control and Management of the Environment and Marine Resources
  • .Working with local authorities to tackle plastic pollution- Stefania Campogianni WWF Med

Discussion and mentimeter 20 min