Tackling Marine Litter in the Atlantic Area


CleanAtlantic aims to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Atlantic Area by improving capabilities to monitor, prevent and remove marine litter

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This section describes the main CleanAtlantic working streams, detailing their specific objectives, activities and expected results

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List of project partner institutions and associated partners, including a general description of each institution, staff involved and contact details

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Latest News

The latest news about marine litter and the CleanAtlantic project progress

CleanAtlantic in MARLICE 2019

MARLICE is conceived as a cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder event to advance in the management of marine litter, gathering public authorities, research institutes, private sector and environmental organizations. It is organised[…]

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The potential of satellite data in mapping marine litter hotspots

On the 23-25 January, CleanAtlantic participated on the Atlantic from Space Workshop in the NOC premises, in Southampton, UK that was organised by the European Space Agency (ESA). The workshop[…]

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CleanAtlantic Workshop with Stakeholders

CleanAtlantic is organising a workshop with stakeholders that is taking place today, on the 5th December in Brest, France. The workshop will gather local and regional stakeholders and will be[…]

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Upcoming Events

Information on project events and other external events in the scope of marine litter.

Marine litter (2019) – Cedre Information Day

The 2019 Information Day will take place on the 5th March 2019 in Paris, La défense. The event will address public and industry policies (notably under the Marine Strategy Framework[…]

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2019 Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference: Success Stories and New Challenges

The 2019 conference (6-7 March 2019) will build on the success of the 2018 event, which was titled Delivering on the Circular Economy – What’s next?. It gathered 650 participants on[…]

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MARINA International Conference 2019

The MARINA RRI Final conference will be held on 12- 13 March 2019, hosted by Nausicaa Sea Centre in Boulogne Sur Mer, France. The overall aim of the MARINA RRI Final Conference is[…]

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TITLE: Tackling Marine Litter in the Atlantic Area ACRONYM: CleanAtlantic PROGRAMME: Atlantic Area Transnational Program 2014-2020. Priority: Biodiversity, natural and cultural assets


3.249.241,04 €


2.436.930,78 €


36 months, September 2017–August 2020


Centro Tecnológico del Mar, Fundación CETMAR

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The Marine Litter Environmental Threat

• Marine litter covers any solid material (plastic, wood, glass, rubber, etc.) that has been deliberately discarded, or unintentionally lost on beaches, shores or at sea, including materials transported into the marine environment from land by rivers, draining or sewage systems or winds (OSPAR).

• Marine litter is a global concern affecting the oceans and the coast that impacts on marine organisms and ecosystems, threatens human health and safety, and causes economic losses and aesthetic problems.

• Tackling marine litter demands a cross-sectorial and multilevel approach, involving public and private stakeholders as well as NGOs and society.

• Consistent approaches to monitor, record, map and remove marine litter are needed and demand collaborative work and coordination.

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