Plastics without Borders: A Marine Litter Database and Knowledge Platform for the Arctic
Organised by GRID-ARENDAL, University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Arctic Plastic Pollution, 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. This is a result of both local activities at sea and input arriving from coastal and inland areas, as well as distant oceanic regions through global oceanic currents. This issue has captured the public attention, and new data linked to marine litter is now being generated by the scientific community, the private sector, government initiatives, and the public through voluntary efforts. How can this data be accessed, made available and applied most effectively to ultimately reduce marine litter?

Arctic stakeholders would benefit from a coordinated approach to storing, managing and sharing data related to marine litter pollution. 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.

This side event will address the following questions:

  • What type of data is needed to lead to informed policy decisions and how can a database serve to exchange of knowledge?
  • What can we learn from existing initiatives which collect and store litter data?
  • How can Norwegian, Russian and other Arctic stakeholders best cooperate and share data while avoiding potential pitfalls such as data ownership?
  • What should the geographic scope of such a database look like, and how far ‘upstream’ should it go to capture drivers of the problem?

Program

  • Opening Remarks on behalf of the organisers of the event by Ann-Helen Ernstsen (Director, Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment).

Key Notes Presentations (30 minutes):

  • Mine Tekman (PhD candidate, Alfred Wegener Institute): Experiences from the Litterbase.
  • Bart Koelmans (Professor of aquatic ecology and water quality, Wageningen University): Ecological effects of plastic debris - data needs in relation to decisions. 

Panel discussion (50 minutes) 

The Panelists: 

  • Lars Kullerud (President, University of the Arctic)
  • Lise Langård (Senior Advisor, Section for Waste and Soil Pollution, Norwegian Environment Agency)
  • Marianne Kroglund (Chair, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme of the Arctic Council)
  • Mine Tekman (PhD candidate, Alfred Wegener Institute) 

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Joan Fabres (Marine Litter Specialist, GRID-Arendal). 

Concluding Remarks (5-10 minutes) 

  • Ann-Helen Ernstsen

Organised by GRID-ARENDAL, University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Arctic Plastic Pollution, 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 - Edge 11th floor (Skybar)

Add to Calendar 2019-01-23 10:30 2019-01-23 12:00 Europe/Oslo Plastics without Borders: A Marine Litter Database and Knowledge Platform for the Arctic
Organised by GRID-ARENDAL, University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Arctic Plastic Pollution, 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. This is a result of both local activities at sea and input arriving from coastal and inland areas, as well as distant oceanic regions through global oceanic currents. This issue has captured the public attention, and new data linked to marine litter is now being generated by the scientific community, the private sector, government initiatives, and the public through voluntary efforts. How can this data be accessed, made available and applied most effectively to ultimately reduce marine litter? Arctic stakeholders would benefit from a coordinated approach to storing, managing and sharing data related to marine litter pollution. 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. This side event will address the following questions: What type of data is needed to lead to informed policy decisions and how can a database serve to exchange of knowledge? What can we learn from existing initiatives which collect and store litter data? How can Norwegian, Russian and other Arctic stakeholders best cooperate and share data while avoiding potential pitfalls such as data ownership? What should the geographic scope of such a database look like, and how far ‘upstream’ should it go to capture drivers of the problem?� Program Opening Remarks on behalf of the organisers of the event by Ann-Helen Ernstsen (Director, Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment). Key Notes Presentations (30 minutes): Mine Tekman (PhD candidate, Alfred Wegener Institute): Experiences from the Litterbase. Bart Koelmans (Professor of aquatic ecology and water quality, Wageningen University): Ecological effects of plastic debris - data needs in relation to decisions.  Panel discussion (50 minutes)  The Panelists:  Lars Kullerud (President, University of the Arctic) Lise Langård (Senior Advisor, Section for Waste and Soil Pollution, Norwegian Environment Agency) Marianne Kroglund (Chair, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme of the Arctic Council) Mine Tekman (PhD candidate, Alfred Wegener Institute)  The panel discussion will be facilitated by Joan Fabres (Marine Litter Specialist, GRID-Arendal).  Concluding Remarks (5-10 minutes)  Ann-Helen Ernstsen Organised by GRID-ARENDAL, University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Arctic Plastic Pollution, 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 - Edge 11th floor (Skybar)

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