Triple "R"ctic: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle - Sharing experiences on circular economy and marine litter
Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Circular Economy is a concept that can help cities, communities and countries achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals while supporting economic growth. The three R’s of Circular Economy - Reduce, Reuse & Recycle – hold lessons that apply to many fields and sectors. Marine plastic litter must be dealt with through the three R’s, for the sustainable use of the oceans and water, and to help foment business growth in local communities.

The Netherlands is promoting a movement towards a more circular economy and has become a “living lab" that has provided good practices to be shared. As marine litter particularly endangers the northern and arctic ecosystems, boosting circular economy can be of particular relevance to these fragile regions.

During this side event we will examine possible measures to prevent plastics from entering our water systems and oceans, and how to turn the cleanup of our oceans and waters into a business opportunity, rather than a cost. In an attempt to address the whole problem cycle and with the participation of researchers, policy makers, NGOs and businesses, we will explore the possible benefits of the circular economy concept for the Arctic.

Program:

Moderator: Ronald Lanters (Wing Process Consultancy)

  1. Keynote Speech by Carola van Rijnsoever - Netherlands Arctic Ambassador
  2. Presentation of Research results: ‘Origin of the plastic’ - Wouter-Jan Strietman (University Wageningen) and Eelco Leemans (Maritime Consultancy)
  3. Recycling & Reusing Marine Plastic Litter: Inspiring Circular Economy initiatives
    • Layla Nygaard – InterFace, Designer and maker of Carpet Tile
    • Sarah Auffret – Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO)
    • Tonje Nermark – Mo Industrial Park
    • Veronika Mikos – Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear
  4. Interaction with the speakers: Sharing experiences on circular economy and marine litter with a focus on Reducing the amount of plastics entering our oceans
  5. Networking reception

Confirmed speakers

Carola van Rijnsoever – NL Arctic Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Netherlands

Carola van Rijnsoever is currently the director Inclusive Green Growth, the ambassador for sustainable development and the Arctic Ambassador at the ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Directorate Inclusive Green Growth formulates and implements Dutch foreign and international cooperation policies in the fields of climate, water, food security, energy, raw materials and polar issues. Sustainability, transition to low carbon economies and security of supply are key objectives. Carola van Rijnsoever has fulfilled a wide range of functions during her 22 years of working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Until summer 2017, Ms. van Rijnsoever worked as Representative of the Netherlands to the Political and Security Committee of the EU in Brussels. Before that, she worked at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Moscow and at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Berlin.

Sarah Auffret – Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators

Sarah Auffret works as environmental agent for the association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), an international association for expedition cruise operators and others who support its vision of responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic. Sarah leads AECO’s Clean Seas Project which is supported by the UN Environment. By reducing single-use plastic consumption, facilitating first-hand experiences of the extent of the marine litter problem in the Arctic and educating on its consequences, AECO is keen to demonstrate how industries can be driving forces in the fight against marine litter. Our set of best practices strive to be applicable to other industries as well as individuals so our work will benefit a wider audience. CV

Veronika Mikos – Healthy Seas

Veronika Mikos has over 10 years of experience in managing international projects related to nature conservation and business & biodiversity. She is an economist and the Project Coordinator of the Healthy Seas initiative (http://healthyseas.org) since its inception. Healthy Seas collects waste fishing nets with the help of divers and fishermen in order to create healthier seas and recycle marine litter into new textile products. Veronika enjoys spending time at the sea, doing various water sports as well. She got so much nice experience there and wants to give something back. Helping to keep the seas clean and healthy is one way to do it.

Wouter-Jan Strietman – Wageningen University

Wouter Jan Strietman works at Wageningen Economic Research as an expert on fisheries, marine litter and the North Sea economy. His work is positioned on the interface between the (marine) environment, economy and society, often in multi-stakeholder environments and projects. Such projects are usually carried out in cooperation with fishermen, policymakers and NGO’s, both in the Netherlands and in the Arctic (e.g. www.wur.eu/arcticmarinelitter or www.dollyropefree.com).

Tonje Nermark – Mo Industrial Park

Tonje Nermark is the VP of Public Affairs and Communications in Mo Industrial Park (MIP). Nermark has in the past worked closely with the EU system in Brussels, but is currently involved in the largest industrial cluster in Arctic Norway. 108 different companies within process industry, marine sector, mineral extraction, datacentres, service sector and many more, enjoy an advanced industrial symbiosis in the park. MIP has made some strategic choices over the years that not only ensure that the environmental foot print is minimal, the companies also enjoy increased competitiveness as thy are able to use less energy and materials and yield greater production outputs. Mo Industrial Parks vision is to become a world-class industrial park creating value through focusing on environmentally friendly and energy-efficient circular services and solutions.

Ronald Lanters – Wing Process Consultancy

Ronald Lanters was trained in aquatic and fisheries biology with an emphasize on marine ecosystems. Ronald started in 1990 as a researcher on fish migration and the development of sustainable fisheries in riverine systems. In 1996 he switched from research to become a policy maker at the on the development of Ecological Quality Objectives for the North Sea. Since 2011 Ronald is co-owner of Wing, an independent advisory company specialized in sustainable development and environmental quality and is still very active in projects dealing with marine management. Wing is also the founding father of the Dutch Arctic Circle, a Dutch Network of industrials, knowledge institutes, non-governmental organisations and the government. www.wing.nl

Layla Nygaard – Interface

Discarded fishing gear is a big problem; it pollutes the environment as the trash sits on beaches and sinks to the sea floor, and nylon nets can take centuries to decompose. Nets also contribute to an issue called “ghost fishing” as they unintentionally catch and kill marine life. Interface creates carpet made from fishing nets. Making recycled carpets out of fishing nylon is just one step in a line of many that the company is taking to create a sustainable business – and protecting marine life is the icing on the cake.

Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

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

Arena Arena

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

17:00 - 19:00

Clarion Hotel The Edge - Edge 11th floor (Skybar)

Add to Calendar 2019-01-23 17:00 2019-01-23 19:00 Europe/Oslo Triple "R"ctic: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle - Sharing experiences on circular economy and marine litter
Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
Circular Economy is a concept that can help cities, communities and countries achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals while supporting economic growth. The three R’s of Circular Economy - Reduce, Reuse & Recycle – hold lessons that apply to many fields and sectors. Marine plastic litter must be dealt with through the three R’s, for the sustainable use of the oceans and water, and to help foment business growth in local communities. The Netherlands is promoting a movement towards a more circular economy and has become a “living lab" that has provided good practices to be shared. As marine litter particularly endangers the northern and arctic ecosystems, boosting circular economy can be of particular relevance to these fragile regions. During this side event we will examine possible measures to prevent plastics from entering our water systems and oceans, and how to turn the cleanup of our oceans and waters into a business opportunity, rather than a cost. In an attempt to address the whole problem cycle and with the participation of researchers, policy makers, NGOs and businesses, we will explore the possible benefits of the circular economy concept for the Arctic. Program: Moderator: Ronald Lanters (Wing Process Consultancy) Keynote Speech by Carola van Rijnsoever - Netherlands Arctic Ambassador Presentation of Research results: ‘Origin of the plastic’ - Wouter-Jan Strietman (University Wageningen) and Eelco Leemans (Maritime Consultancy) Recycling & Reusing Marine Plastic Litter: Inspiring Circular Economy initiatives Layla Nygaard – InterFace, Designer and maker of Carpet Tile Sarah Auffret – Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) Tonje Nermark – Mo Industrial Park Veronika Mikos – Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear Interaction with the speakers: Sharing experiences on circular economy and marine litter with a focus on Reducing the amount of plastics entering our oceans Networking reception Confirmed speakers Carola van Rijnsoever – NL Arctic Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Netherlands Carola van Rijnsoever is currently the director Inclusive Green Growth, the ambassador for sustainable development and the Arctic Ambassador at the ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Directorate Inclusive Green Growth formulates and implements Dutch foreign and international cooperation policies in the fields of climate, water, food security, energy, raw materials and polar issues. Sustainability, transition to low carbon economies and security of supply are key objectives. Carola van Rijnsoever has fulfilled a wide range of functions during her 22 years of working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Until summer 2017, Ms. van Rijnsoever worked as Representative of the Netherlands to the Political and Security Committee of the EU in Brussels. Before that, she worked at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Moscow and at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Berlin. Sarah Auffret – Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators Sarah Auffret works as environmental agent for the association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), an international association for expedition cruise operators and others who support its vision of responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic. Sarah leads AECO’s Clean Seas Project which is supported by the UN Environment. By reducing single-use plastic consumption, facilitating first-hand experiences of the extent of the marine litter problem in the Arctic and educating on its consequences, AECO is keen to demonstrate how industries can be driving forces in the fight against marine litter. Our set of best practices strive to be applicable to other industries as well as individuals so our work will benefit a wider audience. CV Veronika Mikos – Healthy Seas Veronika Mikos has over 10 years of experience in managing international projects related to nature conservation and business & biodiversity. She is an economist and the Project Coordinator of the Healthy Seas initiative (http://healthyseas.org) since its inception. Healthy Seas collects waste fishing nets with the help of divers and fishermen in order to create healthier seas and recycle marine litter into new textile products. Veronika enjoys spending time at the sea, doing various water sports as well. She got so much nice experience there and wants to give something back. Helping to keep the seas clean and healthy is one way to do it. Wouter-Jan Strietman – Wageningen University Wouter Jan Strietman works at Wageningen Economic Research as an expert on fisheries, marine litter and the North Sea economy. His work is positioned on the interface between the (marine) environment, economy and society, often in multi-stakeholder environments and projects. Such projects are usually carried out in cooperation with fishermen, policymakers and NGO’s, both in the Netherlands and in the Arctic (e.g. www.wur.eu/arcticmarinelitter or www.dollyropefree.com). Tonje Nermark – Mo Industrial Park Tonje Nermark is the VP of Public Affairs and Communications in Mo Industrial Park (MIP). Nermark has in the past worked closely with the EU system in Brussels, but is currently involved in the largest industrial cluster in Arctic Norway. 108 different companies within process industry, marine sector, mineral extraction, datacentres, service sector and many more, enjoy an advanced industrial symbiosis in the park. MIP has made some strategic choices over the years that not only ensure that the environmental foot print is minimal, the companies also enjoy increased competitiveness as thy are able to use less energy and materials and yield greater production outputs. Mo Industrial Parks vision is to become a world-class industrial park creating value through focusing on environmentally friendly and energy-efficient circular services and solutions. Ronald Lanters – Wing Process Consultancy Ronald Lanters was trained in aquatic and fisheries biology with an emphasize on marine ecosystems. Ronald started in 1990 as a researcher on fish migration and the development of sustainable fisheries in riverine systems. In 1996 he switched from research to become a policy maker at the on the development of Ecological Quality Objectives for the North Sea. Since 2011 Ronald is co-owner of Wing, an independent advisory company specialized in sustainable development and environmental quality and is still very active in projects dealing with marine management. Wing is also the founding father of the Dutch Arctic Circle, a Dutch Network of industrials, knowledge institutes, non-governmental organisations and the government. www.wing.nl Layla Nygaard – Interface Discarded fishing gear is a big problem; it pollutes the environment as the trash sits on beaches and sinks to the sea floor, and nylon nets can take centuries to decompose. Nets also contribute to an issue called “ghost fishing” as they unintentionally catch and kill marine life. Interface creates carpet made from fishing nets. Making recycled carpets out of fishing nylon is just one step in a line of many that the company is taking to create a sustainable business – and protecting marine life is the icing on the cake. Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands 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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