The Arctic Marine Litter Project – Knowing the sources to find solutions

We are happy to announce the first Lunch Lecture this school year! This week the University Centre is hosting a Marine Litter Workshop. The workshop is run by Wouter Jan Strietman and Martine van den Heuvel-Greve from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. In this week’s Lunch Lecture, Wouter Jan Strietman will give a talk about The Arctic Marine Litter Project. The lecture is open to all and takes place at the University Centre cafeteria at 12:10-13:00.

Imagine the Arctic: icebergs, walruses, polar bears. A pristine environment... Right? Or maybe not... Not many people are aware that even in the vast, nearly uninhabited Arctic, the coasts and seas are littered with plastic waste. Pieces of plastic, whether small or large, are floating out at sea or litter the shoreline. This plastic waste poses a direct threat to biodiversity in the region: animals of all sizes, from zooplankton to polar bears can be affected. So what is the cause of litter showing up on Iceland and other Arctic shorelines? What is the origin of this litter and what can be done to prevent this? In the Arctic Marine Litter project, previously unavailable knowledge is being developed on the origin, actors, underlying causes and solutions for plastic pollution throughout the North Atlantic Arctic region. This knowledge is developed and shared with stakeholders in the region order to address this international challenge. In his lecture, Wouter-Jan Strietman, project coordinator of the Arctic Marine Litter Project, will share the Arctic Marine Litter approach, the team’s discoveries so far and discuss the plans for the future.

Wouter Jan Strietman works at Wageningen Economic Research in the Netherlands as a researcher on marine litter, (North Sea) fisheries and North Sea governance. Within this context, he works on projects that often involve alliances with the industry, government, research and NGO’s. One of those projects is the multi-disciplinary Arctic Marine Litter project. The aim of which is to develop new and more detailed knowledge on the origin, actors, underlying causes and solutions for plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Arctic region.

Wouter Jan Strietman gives a talk about The Arctic Marine Litter Project in the first Lunch Lecture this school year. Photo: Gea Hogeveen.

Upcoming