Seas At Risk hosted a successful one day seminar with representatives from NGO’s, the European Commission, academics and others to discuss ways to deal with the marine litter problem at the European level.

Seas At Risk hosted a successful one day seminar with representatives from NGO’s, the European Commission, academics and others to discuss ways to deal with the marine litter problem at the European level.

Around fifty participants attended, and seven presentations were given followed by a panel discussion. The main purpose of the event was to present the interim findings of a study conducted by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), commissioned by SAR. The study assesses existing legislation, problems with the current legislative framework, and possibilities for amendments or new policies that would better serve to tackle marine litter.

The attendees also discussed the problem of ensuring all Member States fully implement existing waste legislation, the short falls of the Environmental Liability Directive in prosecuting polluters and debated the prospect of a specific piece of EU legislation for tackling marine litter. SAR’s Italian member Legambiente presented a waste success story in Italy, with the banning of single use plastic bags, and the Zero Waste Alliance talked about their methods for reducing plastic waste.

Despite problems with a snowy northern Europe affecting travel plans, the seminar was well attended and very informative prequel to the launch of the full IEEP report later this year.

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