The conference will bring together governments, industry, academia, civil society, and all relevant stakeholders, to discuss the latest science, strengthen collaborations and find solutions to address the urgent, global problem of marine litter and plastic pollution.
The event builds on the UN Decade “Clean Ocean” Satellite activity One Integrated Marine Debris Observing System (IMDOS), and will focus on the need for monitoring marine litter as a global instrument to tackle global pollution.
This year's Sdymposium is specifically geared towards improving GEO Blue Planet’s engagement with African nations in an effort to expand the Earth observation community of practice, strengthen local capacity and provide access to resources, tools and services.
An official satellite activity of the UN Ocean Decade Lab "A clean ocean", the event attracted more than 200 partipants from 46 countries. Experts from different sectors and fields came together to share their knowledge and discuss the growing threat and multidimensional problem of marine debris to marine ecosystems, and ocean and coastal users.
Official Satellite Activity of the 3rd UN Ocean Decade "a Clean Ocean" Laboratory
The GEO Blue Planet EU Office participated in the session on Marine Litter and Microplastics Mitigation and Prevention, co-hosted by the Global Partnership on Marine Litter, during the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment on 19 Feb.