BlueMed e-training on "Understanding and acting for a healthy plastic-free Mediterranean Sea"

Dal 16/06/2020 ore 11.00 al 21/07/2020 ore 13.00

online course

E-training on plastics in the Mediterranean (credits: Legambiente, Marina-di-Nicotera-Mare-Presso-Foce-Torrente-Britto_960x500)
E-training on plastics in the Mediterranean (credits: Legambiente, Marina-di-Nicotera-Mare-Presso-Foce-Torrente-Britto_960x500)

The BlueMed Initiative presents the e-training course on Understanding and acting for a healthy plastic free Mediterranean Sea, organized in the framework of the Pilot Action Healthy Plastic-free Mediterranean Sea.

Plastic pollution represents a transboundary problem and thus it requires global coordination and long-term multiple approaches to develop shared solutions. Mediterranean Sea is strongly impacted by marine litter of different size found along the coastlines, floating both on the surface and on the water column down to the seafloor and is identified as one of the seas more affected by plastic pollution at world scale, with record levels of microplastics. Marine litter directly affects living organisms and consequently human health. Thus, Mediterranean plastic pollution represents today a serious risk for the local environment and human health, threatening also some key economic sectors that rely on sea resources and heath, such as for Fisheries and Tourism. Recent reports suggest that the Covid-19 pandemic is increasing the stress imposed by litter on the marine environment, due to the higher use of single used plastic, which is considered as being more hygienic.

This course brings together experts working on Marine Litter and the Blue-economy in order to share knowledge, showcase best practices and suggest methods enabling more sustainable blue jobs in the framework of the circular economy strategy, taking into due consideration education for sustainable development and citizen science. The course aims to broadly inspire participants to be more actively involved in the minimization of marine litter either through engaging in more sustainable practices through their main professional activities or through their personal behavior.

Starting from June 16th, the course consists of 11 sessions delivered in a mixed modality, some via on-line webinar and others by releasing lesson’s material on Bluemed website.  The course is designed in two distinctive parts. The first part is focused on understanding and studying plastic pollution pathways, its impact on marine ecosystems, novel technologies for observation and removal. The second part focuses on connecting the plastics issue to the different sectors of the blue economy in a circular economy perspective, addressing at the same time the role of citizens and governance in the Mediterranean.

Participants are encouraged to follow all lectures, in order to gain a complete understanding, which will all be available in Bluemed website for future reference. However, the course is designed in a way that all lectures are independent to one another.

- June 16th 11:00 CEST Introduction to Plastics and  Microplastics, François Galgani, French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea, France 1h Webinar;

- June 18th 10:30 CEST Research and Monitoring Protocols, Françoise Claro National Museum of Natural History, France 1h Webinar;

- June 23rd (time TBC) Use of New Technologies for Observation, Konstantinos Topouzelis University of the Aegean, Greece / Greek Pivot Bluemed Knowledge Platform 1h Webinar;

- June 25th 11:00 CEST Cutting Edge Technology for Prevention and Removal, Giorgos Triantafylou Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece, Course material;

- June 30th 11:00 CEST The Blue Bioeconomy, Fabio Fava, University of Bologna, Italy Italian BlueMed GSO member, 1h Webinar;

- July 2nd Alternatives and Recycling, Fedra Francocci National Research Council, ItalyBlueMed CSA, Course material;

- July 7nd Fisheries and Aquaculture, Maria Vidal Rigo Spanish Institute of Oceanography, Spain, Emilio Notti, National Research Council, Italy, Course material;

- July 9th Tourism, Mara Manente International Centre of Studies on the Tourism Economy – Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy Italian Pivot Bluemed Economy Platform, Course material;

- July 14th Shipping, Elena Paifelman, National Research Council, Italy Course material;

- July 16th Governance Challenges, Ioakeimides Christos Marine UN Environment, MAP MEDPOL;

- July 21st : Community and Citizen Awareness, Ocean Literacy, Alba L’Astorina & Rita Giuffredi National Research Council, Italy BlueMed CSA, webinar: invited speakers.

Organizzato da:
Dipartimento scienze del sistema Terra e tecnologie per l'ambiente (Cnr-Dsstta)
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) Institute of Oceanography Greece
Bluemed CSA CNR

Referente organizzativo:
Alba L'Astorina
CNR - Istituto per il rilevamento elettromagnetico dell'ambiente

ModalitĂ  di accesso: registrazione / accredito

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