Stop Talking Trash about Marine Litter
Debunking the Myths about Plastic Debris in our Ocean
I am a geologist by training, and did my PhD on marine geology and oceanography at the University of Barcelona. I focused my research efforts on investigating sedimentary processes in continental margin environments, and their role in carbon sequestration.
My professional experience is directly linked to this research and involves tasks ranging from seagoing missions, data and laboratory analysis of geological samples, result compilation and interpretation, as well as scientific papers and reports.
At GRID-Arendal I lead the Marine Litter Programme, which includes managing and being involved in a series of projects addressing marine plastic pollution. Ranging from supporting the development of global policy, regional assessments of marine litter and microplastics, to piloting a methodology for predicting accumulation of marine litter along coastlines.
I am currently involved in a Global Environment Facility (GEF) project devoted to addressing marine plastics using a systemic approach. This involves developing a strategic roadmap for building models that stop plastics from flowing into the ocean, and integrating them in circular economies at both local and global scales. Through a broad portfolio of projects, I have been involved in policy frameworks such as the UN Environment Assembly, Regional Seas Programmes and the Arctic Council. I also connect and collaborate with organisations like UN Environment, Ocean Conservancy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the International Solid Waste Association.