How? A Marine Litter Database and Knowledge Platform for the Arctic
Organised by GRID-ARENDAL and the Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment

Marine litter is amongst the most pervasive problems affecting the marine environment globally. In the Arctic, marine litter poses a threat to marine and coastal ecosystems and their services and is a result of both local activities at sea and input arriving from coastal and inland areas and remote oceanic regions through global oceanic currents. This issue has captured the public attention, and new data linked to marine litter are generated by the scientific community, the private sector, government initiatives, and the public through voluntary efforts. Stakeholders would benefit from a coordinated approach to storing, managing and sharing data related to marine litter pollution in the Arctic. However, the diversity of data types and formats collected on this issue, and the many stakeholders to which such a database could serve, requires strategic thinking. To this end, this side event will address the following questions: Who would most benefit from such a knowledge platform? What types of data exists on marine litter and which ones could be included in this platform? Considering the various data types, how could this knowledge platform be organized to give an overview of knowledge without drowning in complexity? What can we learn from similar initiatives on the best pathways to collect and store relevant data, and distribute it efficiently? Beyond storing and sharing knowledge, how would this database promote cooperation between voluntary forces, waste management bodies and governmental preparedness bodies in plastic ocean and clean-ups in the Arctic? This side event is organized by GRID-Arendal and Senter for oljevern og marint miljø, and will include time for an open discussion between keynote speakers, panellists and the audience.

Organised by GRID-ARENDAL and the Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment

For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com

Arena Arena

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

10:30 - 12:00

Clarion Hotel The Edge - Arbeidskontoret 1

Add to Calendar 2019-01-23 10:30 2019-01-23 12:00 Europe/Oslo How? A Marine Litter Database and Knowledge Platform for the Arctic
Organised by GRID-ARENDAL and the Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment
Marine litter is amongst the most pervasive problems affecting the marine environment globally. In the Arctic, marine litter poses a threat to marine and coastal ecosystems and their services and is a result of both local activities at sea and input arriving from coastal and inland areas and remote oceanic regions through global oceanic currents. This issue has captured the public attention, and new data linked to marine litter are generated by the scientific community, the private sector, government initiatives, and the public through voluntary efforts. Stakeholders would benefit from a coordinated approach to storing, managing and sharing data related to marine litter pollution in the Arctic. However, the diversity of data types and formats collected on this issue, and the many stakeholders to which such a database could serve, requires strategic thinking. To this end, this side event will address the following questions: Who would most benefit from such a knowledge platform? What types of data exists on marine litter and which ones could be included in this platform? Considering the various data types, how could this knowledge platform be organized to give an overview of knowledge without drowning in complexity? What can we learn from similar initiatives on the best pathways to collect and store relevant data, and distribute it efficiently? Beyond storing and sharing knowledge, how would this database promote cooperation between voluntary forces, waste management bodies and governmental preparedness bodies in plastic ocean and clean-ups in the Arctic? This side event is organized by GRID-Arendal and Senter for oljevern og marint miljø, and will include time for an open discussion between keynote speakers, panellists and the audience. Organised by GRID-ARENDAL and the Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com Clarion Hotel The Edge - Arbeidskontoret 1

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