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Please share any innovative partnerships - existing or proposed - aimed at combatting marine pollution that you are aware of or involved in, that could be launched at the June Ocean Conference and can advance effective actions from local to global levels.

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Nina van Toulon's picture

Nina van Toulon said:

Herewith sharing draft of concept for Indonesian Waste Monitoring & Database  multi-sector collaboration

Rodrigo García Píngaro's picture

Rodrigo García ... said:

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Por Esa Red se ha Logrado fiscalizar y sancionar a Las Personas Que No Cumplen con la reglamentación de Protección de Cetáceos (Decreto 261/002) en el marco de la ley 19.128 del SANTUARIO DE BALLENAS Y DELFINES EN AGUAS Y Uruguayas ZEE.

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Una Aplicación sencilla de este sistema de mejorando seria complementaria y Útil para identificar las especies, Situaciones denunciar, georreferenciadas, Yendo a la autoridad actuante directamente.

Que los Niños y Jóvenes lleven las Propuestas al Parlamento para la marina gestión, denuncias del SUS, ejerciendo gobernanza y ciudadanía, empoderándose de Sus Recursos.

Asi fue gestado El Santuario en Uruguay, Ellos Mismos Llevando la Propuesta de Ley Que Fue promulgada en El año de 2013.

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Arjan van Houwe... said:

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) is a multi-stakeholder public-private partnership committed to driving solutions to the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear worldwide. It aims to improve the health of marine ecosystems, protect marine animals, and safeguard human health and livelihoods.

Ghost gear poses a very real threat to marine animals. Abandoned, lost and discarded nets, lines and traps are, demonstrably, the biggest threats to our sea life. This gear traps, injures, mutilates and kills hundreds of thousands of whales, seals, turtles and birds annually.

  • At least 1 million seals, sea lions and large whales are entangled by ghost gear each year with approximately 136,000 killed each year
  • 640,000 tonnes of gear per year = 90,000 double decker buses
  • 10 percent decline in global fish stock levels due to ghost gear

To find solutions to this problem the GGGI operates across three working groups: 1) building evidence and gathering data to create a global picture of the problem; 2) defining the best practice guidelines of exactly how to deal with fishing gear, at all stages of its life, within the supply chain; and 3) creating solutions projects, which can be scaled and replicated across the globe.

The GGGI’s strength lies in the diversity of the GGGI’s participants including the fishing industry, the private sector, academia, governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations. The GGGI’s engagement with the UN and involvement in solutions on-the-ground means that we are mitigating the risk posed by ghost gear locally, regionally and globally.

All organisations interested in collectively developing and implementing economically viable, sustainable solutions towards safer, cleaner oceans are invited to join the GGGI.  More information can be found at www.ghostgear.org.


Peter Kershaw's picture

Peter Kershaw replied:

Dear Arjan

Thank you for bringing readers' attention to the GGGI. This is such a good example of special interest groups, NGOs, public bodies and private enterprise collaborating to create tangible benefits for the environment and, just as importantly, for society. It is truly global and can be scaled up or down as appropriate. The website is very well put together. I have used the example of the GGGI many times in presentations, and it was featured in the UNEP 2016 report for the UNEA-2

thanks again


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Hermien Busschbach said:

The policy measures to combat Marine Pollution in the Dutch policy Document North Sea (2016-2021) also include what we call “green deals”.

Green Deal initiative was born in 2011 and implies cooperation between ’social partners’. The goal of the Green Deal instrument is to make use of the innovative energy on sustainable growth that is already present in society.

We have several green deals on Marine litter:

  1. Coastal communities, entrepreneurs (e.g. owners of business on beaches), volunteers and social organizations signed the Clean Beaches Green Deal on 20 November 2014. This agreement shows how the various parties are working to reduce waste on beaches and bring about more sustainable beach management, and establishes concrete new actions and targets for 2020.
  2. The Shipping Waste Chain Green Deal was signed with chain parties in shipping on 10 September 2014. This entails port authorities, ship owners, ship suppliers, managers of port reception facilities, the North Sea Foundation and the Central Government making concrete agreements to close the maritime waste cycle. The instigator of the Green Deal is the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.
  3. The Fisheries Green Deal for a Clean North Sea sees the fisheries sector joining forces with other parties (the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, ports, waste processing firms, etc.) to look for ways to close the waste cycle, and in doing so to prevent waste ending up in the sea. The Green Deal was signed on 20 November 2014. One of its fundamental principles is that operational and domestic waste from fishing vessels will be handed over onshore in 2020.

This information can be found in section 4.2 (p.75-79) at:  https://www.noordzeeloket.nl/images/Policy%20Document%20on%20the%20North%20Sea%202016-2021%20(download)_4895.pdf

Peter Kershaw's picture

Peter Kershaw replied:

Dear Hermione

Thank you for providing a summary and link to the Netherlands' initiative on Green Deals, as they relate to marine litter. This is a good example of the sort of comprehensive set of measures that will be required by governments in order to bring about significant reductions in the introduction and impacts of marine litter. It is encouraging to see how different business/industry sectors are working with both central and local government to produce effective and acceptible solutions

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John Davis said:

The MarineDebris.Info (MDI) listserv is the global discussion forum on marine litter science, management, and prevention -- with members worldwide and over 1200 posts in the past three years. It is a thriving community of practice.

Solving the problem of ocean plastics will require institutions and communities -- from local to global levels -- to share information, learn from each other, and develop solutions together, including robust advocacy campaigns.

To address that need, MDI and other leading partners in the marine litter community are co-developing a project to build and manage a comprehensive and user-friendly web platform on marine litter. It is designed to be the "one-stop shop" for ocean plastic news, guidance, best practice, and networking.

The project has three goals:

  • Information Provision: Providing the marine litter field with news, data, expert guidance, and other resources to help them do their work more knowledgeably and efficiently;

  • Content Development: Generating new, regular, and high-value content for the field, including but not limited to webinars, text-based chats, interviews with experts, press releases on emerging issues, live-streamed conferences, best practice guidance, and multimedia content; and

  • Network Support: Convening the respective expertise and constituencies of the project’s partners to design and build the platform, oversee its operation, and actively build a combined community of marine litter practitioners and stakeholders.

MarineDebris.Info is an initiative of the broader OpenChannels web platform. Each year OpenChannels sites serve more than 50,000 ocean managers and conservationists with news, analysis, literature, online events, and more. Other OpenChannels initiatives include:

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Peter Kershaw replied:

John, thank you for raising the profile of the MarineDebris listserv. As a user of both this and the EBM tools network I have first-hand experience of how useful and effective these services are for disseminating information and acting as a discussion hub. When so much is going on in the field of marine debris it is very difficult for any one individual to keep track and tools such as the Marine Debris listserv become increasingly useful. The three goals of information provision, content development and network support are very worthy and I wish you every success in pursuing them, as well as encourging the wider community to contribute to its success

Nina van Toulon's picture

Nina van Toulon said:

From PET-bottle to PEF-bottle 

Dutch company Avantium from 15 March listed on the stock market. With the investments Avantium plans to build a new factory - in collaboration with BASF - to produce the bottles of the future. The bottle will be produced WITHOUT oil, it will be produced from sugars from plants.

Publication in Dutch https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2017/03/06/chemiebedrijf-avantium-op-15-maart-...

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Tom Bruulsema said:

An excellent example of a public-private collaboration addressing the loss of nutrients from agriculture impacting the marine environment can be found in the Lake Erie watershed. The 4R Nutrient Stewardship concept has been implemented as a certification program, with criteria designed to reduce the losses of nutrients linked to algal blooms and hypoxia in the lake. More information can be found in a recent article in Better Crops, supported by a publication in the Journal of Great Lakes Research.



Tom Bruulsema, International Plant Nutrition Institute

Peter Kershaw's picture

Peter Kershaw replied:

Hi Tom

This does seem to be a really good example of a public-private partnership, initiated in response to a significant ecological, social and economic problem (Harmful Algal Blooms) resulting from inappropriate use of fertilisers on farmland. Clearly this is a complex socio-ecological situation, a classic 'wicked' problem (multiple stakeholders, multiple factors, conflicting interests, many alternative partial solutions, potential winners and losers .....), and it is encouraging to see how the farming and conservation communities worked togeter with other interested parties to create a viable management programme. Thanks for the sharing the links.

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Yuri Obst said:

When knowing the solution to wastewater is clear (no pun, simply literal) at http://touchline.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/cop/issue22/68-1 the reality of the problem truly is "Does anyone care enough to implement a simple one-step solution that is already commercially available for the benefit foremost of the environment?" Only time will tell - Two Years and still pushing hard at https://twitter.com/ObstYuri and www.baleen.com/news

Nina van Toulon's picture

Nina van Toulon said:

Partnerships / collaborationsIndonesian Waste Platform - link to website http://www.indonesianwaste.org/en/home/
link to IWP newsletter 2016 - http://us14.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2f96859a3468c17b84da140ce&id=8431e0...
Connecting stakeholders and supporting partnerships basically on a daily basis, responding to requests from stakeholders

Development of Indonesian Waste Monitoring & Database - concept developed by IWP - collaboration with Indonesian ministries and researchers from CSIRO, University of Twente, Jenna Jambeck, APEX, University of Indonesia and other stakeholders, concept will be shared shortly - some aspects: data collection to international standards, development of protocols, citizin science, education

MoU Indonesian - Dutch ministries of Environment - link to Trash to Treasure Seminar report on meeting Jakarta November 2016 

Collaboration DANIDA, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and the World Bank ( hosted the First National Marine Plastics Summit Nov 2016)

End-March 2017 delegation from Indonesian government and non-government stakeholders will visit the Netherlands - further development of collaborations for Waste solutions - this mission will include Min Environment and Maritime Affairs 

Peter Kershaw's picture

Peter Kershaw replied:

Dear Nina

Thank you very much for providing links to this Indonesian intiative. I was fortunate to attend a G20 workshop on marine litter this week (7-8 March) in Hamburg Germany. All the participants were inpressed and inspired by what we leaned (especially from World Bank, Netherlands and CSIRO representatives) about the remarkable success of efforts to reduce the introduction of plastics into the ocean in many Indonesian cities, especialy Jakarta - the 'before' and 'after' photographs were extraodinary!

I would strongly encourage readers to learn more about what is happening in Indonesia. A 400+ page Action Plan is to be released quite soon. This will include consideration of fisheries-related issues too so promises to be comprehensive, and perhaps provide an examplar for other other

Nina van Toulon's picture

Nina van Toulon replied:

Dear Peter, Thank.

Yes wonderful so much is going on in Indonesia. I have that draft of the Action Plan here, much in line with The Honolulu Strategy  - adapted to Indonesian situation.  With IWP we are asked to give input . One input is the establishment of Indonesian Waste Monitoring & Database, working on that together with Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs - Team IV. We are almost ready with concept and will share in a few days.

We encouraged more stakeholders from Indonesia to join these discussions here :) 

Kind regards, Nina

Willemijn Peeters's picture

Willemijn Peeters said:

Together with IUCN I have set up an 'Ocean and Plastics Platform'. It's a platform for companies to take part in and take measurable and decisive actions to 'Close the Plastic Tap'. Together with scientists and NGO's, we help companies to take action.

In the Netherlands, I am setting up Plastic Coops, on a local scale, with several companies at a time. Goal is to help companies achieve a business without plastic waste. By pooling knowledge and expertise in materials and product redesign, companies can close the plastic loop. So not use virgin plastics any more.

This whole network of Plastic Coops is run by Searious Business, to showcase how it can be done. I hope this can be a model for a great number of places in the world (like energy coops are now widespread).

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Peter Kershaw replied:

Dear Willemijn

Many thanks for sharing the news about these great initiatives, both combining raising awareness with encouraging innovative solutions to reduce marine litter, and operating over local and international scales.

I encourage other readers to visit these sites: http://oceansandplastics.info/about-us/  AND  https://www.seariousbusiness.com/


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Peter Kershaw said:

“Welcome to the online forum on addressing marine pollution in advance of the SDG-14 Ocean Conference that will take place in June of this year. We are very pleased to be moderating this discussion and look forward to hearing from you. 

We are interested in receiving your contributions on how the global community can respond to reducing the menace of marine pollution from the level of the citizen, all the way to government.  Please feel free to make your inputs on one or all of the questions we have posed here.  Under Question 3, we are interested in identifying innovative partnerships that can foster solutions to those tough problems involving communities, the public and private sectors.   How might we pay for efforts to clean up our marine environment, and stop pollution entering our oceans in the first place, and make our efforts sustainable in the long run?  What might be our Calls for Action at the Conference in June?   

This forum will remain open until 24th March and we will monitor the inputs and provide moderation to ensure the discussion effectively feeds makes a substantive input to be carried to the Conference in June.  Summaries of the responses will be compiled at the end of the discussion period and posted on the platform. 

Your voice matters!  Make it count as the global community converges in June 2017 to commit to action to realize Sustainable Development Goal 14 to sustain Life Below Water for our and future generations!" 

Sarah S's picture

Sarah S replied:

In the Philippines, grassroots organization is required to address solid waste management and plastic pollution in the oceans. The schools provide a great audience for environmental education (especially related to waste reduction) and for small-scale solid waste management projects that could potentially be scaled up. Many schools in the Philippines have MRFs (municipal recovery facilities), where trash is segregated and stored. An example of a project is an ecobank, where students bring recyclables to their school’s MRF. The school partners with a junk shop which buys the recyclables. Part of the income goes directly to the individual students that bring in trash, and part of the income goes to the school. This is an ongoing activity that can  reduce residual waste, provide opportunities for environmental education, and provide a small supplemental income for students and for school needs. 

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Peter Kershaw replied:

Sarah, this is a great example of a community-level project that can be scaled up by schools copying good practice in education and waste management and spreading from a local to a regional initiative. It not only shows that individuals and small communities (i.e. schools) can make a difference, but also demonstrates that waste can have a value, so providing a motivation other than 'feeling good' about making an effort. This should appeal to all ages!