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Marine Debris Program Participates in United Nations Environment Programme Workshop on Plastic Pollution

JANUARY 4, 2021 — On December 16, the Marine Debris Program’s Monitoring Coordinator, Hillary Burgess, presented on the Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project to participants of the United Nations Environment Programme Workshop: Understanding the Contributions of Citizen Science to Plastic Pollution Monitoring through the SDG Framework.

People and a bird on a beach with plastic debris.
Image credit: NOAA.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include the target of preventing and significantly reducing marine pollution of all kinds, including marine debris and nutrient pollution, by 2025. Shoreline marine debris monitoring through citizen science has been identified as a way to track progress on this goal.

The workshop was focused on highlighting existing sources of monitoring data and monitoring methods that can be adopted more widely. NOAA’s Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project data will be integrated into this effort, and will be among the options that member countries can incorporate into their monitoring programs.

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Last updated Friday, January 8, 2021 3:08pm PST