EDUCATION AND OUTREACH / BEHAVIOUR CHANGE
Lead Party(ies) / other relevant OSPAR Bodies
Published reports or further information
Assess relevant instruments and incentives to reduce the use of single-use and other items, which impact the marine environment, including the illustration of the associated costs and environmental impacts.
Ireland, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands and Seas at Risk.
TO BE COMPLETED IN 2020
Reduce the consumption of single use plastic bags and their presence in the marine environment, supported by the development of quantifiable (sub) regional targets, where appropriate, and assist in the development of relevant EU initiatives.
France with support of Germany and participation of ICG-ML
TO BE COMPLETED IN 2020
A Scoping Document is to be presented to EIHA 2020 with updates and integrated results from evaluations and experiences from CPs who are also EU Member States on the implementation of the EU’s plastic bag Directive.
Encourage international environmental certification schemes to include the management and prevention of marine litter in their lists of criteria.
Considered through the work under all other actions of the RAP.
Develop marine litter assessment sheets to assist Contracting Parties in developing material for education programmes, including those for professional seafarers and fishermen.
The Netherlands and KIMO International with assistance of Seas at Risk, ProSea Foundation and Germany,
OSPAR published its Intermediate Assessment in 2017. As well as fulfilling reporting obligations under the MSFD for those Contracting Parties who are also EU Member States, this collection of assessments also showcased the latest marine litter data gathered by OSPAR. The results of the three marine litter assessments are available to the public and can be accessed here.
Establish a database on good practice examples of marine litter measures and initiatives and share this database with other Regional Seas Conventions in order to make action more visible to the public.
Secretariat & ICG-ML
ICG-ML manages a database of good practice examples which can be found here
Develop a communication strategy on the Regional Action Plan (RAP) linked in a coherent way with national initiatives/measures. This will include linking the OSPAR website to relevant projects and initiatives.
TO BE COMPLETED IN 2020/21
The RAP is supported by a Communication Plan