UN Sustainable Development Goal 14.1 target: “by 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.”
The event also served to advocate the necessity of a global sustained Integrated Marine Debris Observing System (IMDOS) that will work hand in hand with the UNEP GPML to address critical knowledge gaps and other stakeholder needs, including by supporting the Digital Platform. The partnership between the IMDOS and the GPML Digital Platform will enable the accessibility of integrated data on marine litter and plastic pollution by a wide range of stakeholders.
The proceedings from this event will inform the proposed IMDOS Terms of Reference and interim Steering Committee, who will work together with the new IMDOS project coordinator to develop the IMDOS strategy and implementation plan and follow up on the proposed new collaborations between participants under the IMDOS framework. The event also identified actions in support of the UNEP GPML Digital Platform and the associated Community of Practice on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution Data Harmonisation which foster such a co-design process and ensure the accessibility of integrated data and information by a wide range of stakeholders.
This event was only made possible thanks to our speakers, our Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) team via the UN Ocean Decade OceanBRIDGES initiative, our organising committee and the funders for this event – the AIR Centre, and the European Union (through the EU-funded projects EU4OceanObs, which facilitates the GEO Blue Planet European Office and EuroSea).
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