From 22nd to 25th May, the second coordination meeting for the CleanAtlantic project on tackling marine litter in the Atlantic area was held in Madeira, Portugal.
This 3-year project, co-funded by the European Interreg Atlantic Area programme and led by CETMAR (Centro Tecnológico del Mar, Spain), aims to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Atlantic area by improving capabilities to monitor, prevent and remove marine litter. The meeting was organised by the Portuguese project partner DROTA (Direçao Regional do Ordenamento do Território e Ambiente, Madeira).
The partners reviewed the progress of their actions, in particular in terms of capitalisation, assessing the situation, modelling, data banking and, aspects in which Cedre was particularly involved, the identification of innovative initiatives as well as research into the behaviour and impacts of cotton buds and cigarette butts in the marine environment.
The meeting was followed by a one-day workshop, organised by CETMAR, which focused on a key aspect of the project: awareness-raising among stakeholders.