(In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Government of France have decided to postpone the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 in Marseille to 7-15 January 2021 from its original date of 11-19 June)
Plastic Busters will organize a campus session at the IUCN WCC.
This hands-on and highly interactive campus session will train young participants (35 years of age and under) on how to assess the presence and impacts of marine litter in pelagic and coastal marine protected areas and on how to identify targeted mitigation actions towards safeguarding habitats, species and ecosystem services.
The session will provide participants with an overview of cutting edge methodologies for monitoring marine litter and will train them on how to assess its presence and impact in selected marine matrices, including biota. Participants will get familiarized with global mitigation strategies and have the opportunity to collectively identify and shortlist tailor-made measures to address the problem in marine protected areas. To this end a set of distinguished scientists and young researchers will utilize the Plastic Busters MPAs initiative as a concrete showcase towards safeguarding natural ecosystems in marine protected areas by defining and implementing an integrated approach.