After the event held on 29 November 2021, the International Experts on Marine Plastic Litter Monitoring Data Sharing Project, coordinated by the Ministry of Environment, Japan (MoEJ), met again on 3 March, 2022. EMODnet Chemistry attended the event focused on microplastics data management on a global scale.
It all started in July 2017, when the “G20 Action Plan on Marine Litter” was agreed at the G20 summit in Hamburg. In 2019 the “G20 Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter” was established. The same year the “Osaka Blue Ocean Vision”, aimed at reducing additional pollution by marine plastic litter to zero by 2050, was first shared at the G20 summit in Osaka. The number of countries and regions sharing the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision jumped to 87 countries and regions in July 2021. With this vision in mind, marine litter experts have been working to develop a large-scale, long-term, comprehensive database and archive on microplastics, by providing a robust repository for information and developing database and GIS web portal in concert with other observing efforts.
During the latest meeting OGS, scientific coordinator of EMODnet Chemistry, presented the Consortium's current outcomes in managing data on microlitter and its future perspectives, such as upgrading data management tools and a closer cooperation with the EUROqCHARM project, of which OGS is partner, to harmonise plastic monitoring methods at EU level. EUROqCHARM - EUROpean quality Controlled Harmonization Assuring Reproducible Monitoring and assessment of plastic pollution - aims to coordinate and support action towards a common European framework to tackle macro-, micro- and nanoplastics pollution in all environmental compartments by means of a harmonised approach.