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MARLISCO: MARine Litter in Europe Seas: Social AwarenesS and CO-Responsibility

Type of Entry: Project
Duration: 01/06/2012 - 31/05/2015

Marine environments are central to human well-being, but they are also extensively threatened by our activities. The MARLISCO project seeks to raise societal awareness of both the problems and the potential solutions relating to a key issue threatening marine habitats worldwide; the accumulation of marine litter. A major objective of this project is to understand and subsequently facilitate societal engagement in order to inspire changes in attitudes and behaviour. This project is a Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Action Plan with the aim of providing a series of mechanisms to engage key stakeholders with an interest in, or responsibility for, some aspect of reducing the quantity of litter entering the ocean. These will include:

  • industrial sectors;
  • users of coastal and marine waters;
  • the waste management and recycling sectors;
  • Regional Sea Commissions and EU representatives;
  • local municipalities;
  • citizens groups, environmental NGOs, school children and the general public;
  • social and natural scientists.

MARLISCO recognises the need for a concerted approach to encourage co-responsibility through a joint dialogue between the many players. This will be achieved by organising activities across 15 European countries, including national debates in 12 of them, involving industry sectors, scientists and the public, a European video contest for school students, educational activities targeting the younger generation together with exhibitions to raise awareness among the wider public. MARLISCO will make use of innovative multimedia approaches to reach the widest possible audience, in the most effective manner.

The project will develop and evaluate an approach that can be used to address the problems associated with marine litter and which can also be applied more widely to other societal challenges where there are substantial benefits to be achieved through better integration among researchers, stakeholders and society.

Keywords: Beach litter and cleansing, Beach management in practice, Guidelines, Stakeholders and public participation, Water
Contact: Piergiorgio TITTARELLI
Telephone: +39-0861331245
Partner: Provincia di Teramo (Lead Beneficiary), Italy (http://www.provincia.teramo.it/)
Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC), Netherlands (http://www.eucc.net/)
Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas), UK (http://www.cefas.defra.gov.uk/)
University of Plymouth, UK (http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/)
European Plastics Converters (EuPC), Belgium (http://www.plasticsconverters.eu/)
European Plastics Recyclers (EuPR), Belgium (http://www.plasticsrecyclers.eu/)
Mer Terre, France (http://www.mer-terre.org/)
Regionalni razvojni center Koper, Slovenia (http://www.rrc-kp.si/)
Univercity College Cork (UCC), Ireland (http://www.ucc.ie/en/)
Mare Nosrtum, Romania (http://www.marenostrum.ro/ro/)
EUCC - Die Küsten Union Deutschland, Germany (www.eucc-d.de)
IsoTech LtD, Cyprus (http://www.isotech.com.cy/?index)
UBBSLA - The Union of the Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities, Bulgaria (http://www.ubbsla.org/)
Plastics Europe AISBL, Belgium (http://www.plasticseurope.org/)
New University of Lisbon, Portugal (http://www.unl.pt/)
Mediterian Informational Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE), Greece (http://www.mio-ecsde.org/)
Turkish Marine Research Foundation, Turkey (http://www.tudav.org/)
Kommunenes Internasjonale Miljøorganisasjon (KIMO), Denmark (http://www.kimointernational.org/Home.aspx)
Media Tools, France (http://www.mediatools.fr/)
Budget: 4.119.360