The OceanWise team is organizing meetings with Stakeholders. We are now running the 2nd set of meetings which are helping us refine the project's targeted actions: we have met already with the stakeholders group in Lisbon (October 2019), Brest (November 2019), Vigo (January 2020) and expect to meet with stakeholders from Ireland and the United Kingdom in late Spring 2020 (online meetings). The 1st participatory sessions took place early in 2019 in Lisbon, Vigo, London, Dublin, and Lorient. This dialogue is helping us shape the OceanWise solutions. Check here the first results from the gatherings on the 5 countries with the Industry and all others very relevant stakeholders.
OceanWise deals with marine litter in a circular economy perspective. It is focused exclusively on foamed polystyrene plastic (i.e. EPS and XPS ) 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 foam or styrofoam. XPS is another type of expanded polystyrene material.