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Marine Debris Program Contributes to UN Advisory Body Workgroup on Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection

JUNE 29, 2018 — On June 11-15, the Marine Debris Program’s Chief Scientist Amy V. Uhrin participated in Working Group 40 of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) held in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Group posing for photo.
Members of GESAMP Working Group 40 gather in Bangkok, Thailand. Image credit: Joana Akrofi, UNEP.

Experts met to discuss the harmonization of methods for monitoring plastics and microplastics in the marine environment. MDP supported this effort by reviewing and providing feedback on drafted material.

GESAMP is a group of independent scientific experts that provides advice to the United Nations (UN) system on scientific aspects of marine environmental protection. GESAMP is jointly sponsored by nine UN organizations with the function of conducting and supporting marine environmental assessments, undertaking in-depth studies, analyses, and reviews of specific topics, and identifying emerging issues regarding the state of the marine environment. The Bangkok meeting is the second of two associated with the Third Phase of Working Group 40.

For more information, please contact Amy.Uhrin@noaa.gov.  

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