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OceanWise Stakeholders meeting in Vigo

14 MARCH 2019

The second participatory session of the OceanWise project took place in Vigo, at Cetmar. 30 Spanish stakeholders got together for a full morning of debate in search for solutions to make the EPS and XPS products less of a risk to the marine environment. 

The wide group of participants included: EPS producers, EPS recyclers, waste management companies, EPS Industry profesional associations, manufacturers of machinery for EPS waste  uptake, port authorities, representatives from the fisheries and the acquaculture Industries, a supermermarkets group, a territorial cooperation entity, and NGOs.

Organized by Cetmar, which is one of the partners to the project, this participated session resulted in a whole set of proposals, concerns and ideas which the stakeholders agreed to and which will now  integrate the OceanWise process. 

The most highlighted topics by the stakeholders in Vigo were: Management, specific Legislation and Regulation, Awareness raising, Financial Incentives, and Research and Innovation.

 

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The meeting was organized by Cetmar and Sustainn, which are the Spanish members of the OceanWise consortium, with the support of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the NOVA University.

This workshop is part of a series of international meetings that will take place throughout the year 2019, aiming to capture the active participation of the sectors that influence the complex problem of the loss of products discarded to the sea. The next meeting will take place in London, on March 27th, and will be followed by similar meetings in Ireland and in France.

The project aims to propose updates of public policies and new good practices to be adopted by Industry.

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  • OceanWise deals with marine litter in a circular economy perspective. It is focused exclusively on expanded polystyrene (EPS ) products and applications with a likelihood to become marine litter. OceanWise wants to approach this issue with a wide-view angle, by putting together a multi-sectoral platform to include Governmental bodies responsible for marine environment management, Industry and other stakeholders, waste management authorities, designers, circular economy modellers, I&D specialists in participatory processes, and end-users. EPS is short for expanded polystyrene, commonly known as plastic foams, and called styrofoam in the U.S.

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The OceanWise project is co-financed by
the European Regional Development Fund
through the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme

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