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Marine plastic litter on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) : Impacts and measures

Lachmann, Florina ; Almroth, Bethanie C.; Baumann, Henrikke; Broström, Göran; Corvellec, Hervé LU ; Gipperth, Lena; Hassellov, Martin; Karlsson, Therese and Nilsson, Per (2017)
Abstract
Plastic waste that ends up in the oceans as marine litter is a tangible and urgent environmental pressure reaching even the most remote parts of the global oceans. It impacts marine life from plankton to whales and turtles to albatrosses. Public awareness on how the modern lifestyle and the use of plastics in all sectors of society has influenced the marine ecosystems in the last
decades is growing, and an emerging discourse about countermeasures of all types can be seen in policies enacted by authorities in national, regional, and international policy arenas. Different coastal areas have launched Regional Action Plans (RAP) on marine litter that provide structured measures that need to be taken and general advice adapted to the... (More)
Plastic waste that ends up in the oceans as marine litter is a tangible and urgent environmental pressure reaching even the most remote parts of the global oceans. It impacts marine life from plankton to whales and turtles to albatrosses. Public awareness on how the modern lifestyle and the use of plastics in all sectors of society has influenced the marine ecosystems in the last
decades is growing, and an emerging discourse about countermeasures of all types can be seen in policies enacted by authorities in national, regional, and international policy arenas. Different coastal areas have launched Regional Action Plans (RAP) on marine litter that provide structured measures that need to be taken and general advice adapted to the respective region.
However, the scale of the problem is not only global in dimension, it also cuts across all sectors in society, and until the use of materials in society becomes sustainable, plastic waste will continues to flow into the seas. This report focuses on how marine plastic litter affects Small Island Developing States (SIDS) because these are considered to be more directly vulnerable to environmental changes, including marine litter, than other countries. (Less)
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Marine litter, SIDS, Plastic waste
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76 pages
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Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, University of Gothenburg
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English
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  abstract     = {Plastic waste that ends up in the oceans as marine litter is a tangible and urgent environmental pressure reaching even the most remote parts of the global oceans. It impacts marine life from plankton to whales and turtles to albatrosses. Public awareness on how the modern lifestyle and the use of plastics in all sectors of society has influenced the marine ecosystems in the last<br/>decades is growing, and an emerging discourse about countermeasures of all types can be seen in policies enacted by authorities in national, regional, and international policy arenas. Different coastal areas have launched Regional Action Plans (RAP) on marine litter that provide structured measures that need to be taken and general advice adapted to the respective region.<br/>However, the scale of the problem is not only global in dimension, it also cuts across all sectors in society, and until the use of materials in society becomes sustainable, plastic waste will continues to flow into the seas. This report focuses on how marine plastic litter affects Small Island Developing States (SIDS) because these are considered to be more directly vulnerable to environmental changes, including marine litter, than other countries.},
  author       = {Lachmann, Florina  and Almroth, Bethanie C. and Baumann, Henrikke and Broström, Göran and Corvellec, Hervé and Gipperth, Lena and Hassellov, Martin and Karlsson, Therese and Nilsson, Per},
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  keyword      = {Marine litter,SIDS,Plastic waste},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {05},
  pages        = {76},
  title        = {Marine plastic litter on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) :  Impacts and measures},
  year         = {2017},
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