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Veiga J.M.,Coastal and Marine Union EUCC | Vlachogianni T.,Mediterranean Information Office for Environment | Pahl S.,University of Plymouth | Thompson R.C.,University of Plymouth | And 8 more authors.
Marine Pollution Bulletin | Year: 2016

Marine litter is a pervasive and complex societal problem but has no simple solution. Inadequate practices at all levels of production-use-disposal contribute to accumulation of waste on land and at sea. Enhanced societal awareness but also co-responsibility across different sectors and improved interactions between stakeholders are necessary.MARLISCO was a European initiative, which developed and implemented activities across 15 countries. It worked towards raising societal awareness and engagement on marine litter, through a combination of approaches: public exhibitions in over 80 locations; a video competition involving 2100 students; and a legacy of educational and decision-supporting tools. 12 national participatory events designed to facilitate dialogue on solutions brought together 1500 stakeholders and revealed support for cross-cutting, preventive measures. Evaluation during implementation shows that these activities are effective in improving individuals' perceptions about the problem but also commitment in being part of the solution. This paper summarises MARLISCO's approach and highlights a selection of outcomes. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Source


Loizidou X.I.,ISOTECH Ltd Environmental Research and Consultancy | Loizides M.I.,ISOTECH Ltd Environmental Research and Consultancy | Orthodoxou D.L.,ISOTECH Ltd Environmental Research and Consultancy
Marine Policy | Year: 2016

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is an important milestone for the preservation of the European marine environment. However, Member States can find its monitoring requirements challenging, particularly where it regards the definition and implementation of joint monitoring programmes between neighbouring countries. The challenges are even greater in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, where many countries are not members of the European Union and where Regional Sea Conventions face greater difficulties in coordinating monitoring activities. This paper presents the results from two regional workshops, within the framework of IRIS-SES project, which aimed to inform policy- and decision-makers in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea on what key stakeholders, including scientists, academia and local authorities, consider the main gaps, needs and opportunities for the MSFD joint monitoring regarding eutrophication and contaminants. It shows that a bottom-up approach, guided by structured workshops, can be a successful means of enhancing cooperation. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Source


Loizidou X.I.,ISOTECH Ltd Environmental Research and Consultancy | Loizides M.I.,ISOTECH Ltd Environmental Research and Consultancy | Orthodoxou D.L.,ISOTECH Ltd Environmental Research and Consultancy
Marine Pollution Bulletin | Year: 2014

Research that was undertaken to identify and evaluate best practices that can effectively minimise the amount of marine litter in European Seas is presented. Best practices were approached in a novel way that aimed to maximise the impact and added value of the FP7-funded project MARLISCO. The practices served as a tool to enhance the active participation and build capacity in key actors through the implementation of the innovative, dedicatedly-developed decision support tool, DeCyDe-4-Marlisco.This paper also presents the key 'preference' attributes of successful marine litter management practices and provides a snapshot of the key characteristics of the recorded best practices as a means of helping the reader, and particularly decision makers, recognise what would make their marine litter management efforts more successful. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Source

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