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Monitoring of marine litter in the OSPAR region: beach surveys

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The project started in 1999, the survey protocol was tested and agreed in 2000, and the first field surveys started in early 2001. The pilot project has been carried out in two phases, 2000–2003 and 2004–2006. The experience and results from the first phase were reported to the OSPAR Biodiversity Committee (BDC) in 2003 in a preliminary assessment report. more

Referring to, inter alia, the conclusions from a first statistical test analysis of the survey data available at that point, in which the need for longer time series of surveys to make statistically significant trend analyses was emphasised, the BDC endorsed a prolongation of the pilot project until the end of 2006. An international Steering Group8, including the national project coordinators, has coordinated the implementation of the pilot project. The Steering Group has included representatives of Belgium, Denmark (mainland and the Faroe Islands), France, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well as observer organisations KIMO (Local Authorities International Environmental Organization), and Seas at Risk (represented by Marine Conservation Society and Stichting De Noordzee). The national project coordination and beach surveys were funded by a combination of national governments, NGOs and volunteers. In Belgium, the project was represented by MUMM-BMM. Results of the Belgian region were integrated in the database.

Environmental quality/pollution
Marine, Litter, Quality, ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS), Belgium, Koksijde, Belgium, Oostende

Geographical coverage
ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]
Belgium, Koksijde [Marine Regions]
Belgium, Oostende [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
2001 - 2006

Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen; Operationele Directie Natuurlijk Milieu (OD Natuur), more Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen; Operationele Directie Natuurlijk Milieu; Beheerseenheid Mathematisch Model Noordzee en Schelde-estuarium (BMM), moredata creator

Related datasets
(Partly) included in:
AS-MADE: Assessment of Marine Debris on the Belgian Continental Shelf: occurrence and effects, more

AS-MADE: Assessment of Marine Debris on the Belgian Continental Shelf: occurence and effects. - AS-MADE, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2012-03-26
Information last updated: 2016-03-31
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