Waste Management and sustainability – Plastics in the Ocean

From left to right Bjørn Vidar Vangelstens, Ingvild Ulrikke Jakobsens and Paritosh Deshpande. Photos: Jonas Carlsen and Gard Hagen

From today’s session – Plastics in the Ocean – Waste Management and sustainability, we could see that there are surprisingly consistent findings within some of the research projects. Especially with Paritosh´s Deshpande and Bjørn Vidar Vangelstens informing talks. It gave us insight in highly appropriate feedback from local fishermen, both in Norway and Russia. In an evidently data-less sector, the local fishermen’s knowledge is a vital resource to explain a seemingly flawed holistic description.

We can also see that there is a need for different projects and research groups to have a more inclusive and open distribution of the data that is collected. Through Jannike Falk-Andersson’s research, we also learned that citizen data could be valuable and of high quality.

Ingvild Ulrikke Jakobsens talk about the MARP research on legal frameworks and waste management infrastructure identified a fundamental absence along coastal Norway; out of 4000 harbors, only 1500 of them had proper waste management. Waste management facilities within these 1500 were often inadequate. As Norway has the worlds second largest coastline after Canada, makes us highly applicable within the context of marine litter. Adding that we are EU leaders within capture fisheries, tells us that the Norwegian knowledge could be both favorable and profitable for other EU countries. It is a local-global issue that calls for international cooperation across anthropological fieldwork, technical analysis, and both physical and systemic solutions to assemble new and existing stakeholders that want to shape our future and identify outstanding solutions.

We see the innovative potential for monitoring waste, developing new technologies and methods for efficient closed-loop cleanups as well as extending the approach of proper waste management. ​


By Jonas Carlsen & Gard Hagen, both Masters, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway





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