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Save the date! GRID-Arendal is hosting a Stakeholder Workshop on Strengthening Cooperation on Marine Litter in the Barents Sea on November 23 and 24.


Register here


The multi-stakeholder workshop will bring together various actors from the Barents Sea region who are relevant for developing and implementing solutions to mitigate leakages of plastic pollution in the marine environment. The workshop aims to foster a multidisciplinary approach and cross-border collaboration for effective monitoring as well as prioritising and coordinating actions to combat the pollution problem.

More specifically, the objectives of the workshop are to:


  • Exchange the latest updates about the marine litter problem, monitoring activities as well as potential solutions with the focus on the Barents Sea,
  • Strengthen dialogue and collaboration between different actors in the region to implement solutions that benefit from multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach,
  • Foster on-going collaboration between the UArctic and Arctic Council working groups on plastic pollution,
  • Generate new insight in applying the DPSIR (Driving Forces-Pressures-State-Impacts-Responses) framework to characterize marine litter issues.


The interactive portion of the workshop will be led by Dr. Ansje Löhr and Dr. Frank Van Belleghem. For more comprehensive background information, please click here.


Previous results of the Barents Sea Leadership on Marine Litter project will be shared as a part of the workshop. These include stakeholder perceptions of marine litter problems in the Barents Sea, key messages about the latest knowledge of the problem, on-going monitoring and recommendations of best practices as well as potential solutions, as well as a quick glimpse to the next Massive Open Online Course on Marine Litter in Russian that will be available for all interested actors early 2022.


Languages: Russian and English

Platform: Online, Zoom (Register here)
Date: November 23-24, 2021

Time: 13:00-16:00 Moscow time, and 11:00-14:00 Norwegian time

Organizers: The UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Plastic Pollution (TN) in collaboration with the UArctic Research Office based in Arkhangelsk, Russia



Stakeholder Workshop on Strengthening Cooperation on Marine Litter in the Barents Sea

November 23-24, 2021

Topic


Presenter

Day 1: 13 -16 Moscow time (11-14 CET)



Before start: An Interactive Poll



Welcome

5 min

President of UArctic Lars Kullerud

Introduction to the workshop

5 min

Anna Sinisalo, GRID-Arendal, UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Plastic Pollution

Marine litter in Barents Sea, Key messages from a Webinar series

10 min

Ludmila Ivanova, Kola Science Centre RAS

Intro to marine litter and MOOC

15 min

Ansje Löhr, Open Universiteit

Intro to DPSIR workshop

15 min

Frank Van Belleghem, Open Universiteit

BREAK

15 min


Meet

DPSIR workshop (group work)

5 min

45 min

Frank Van Belleghem and Ansje Löhr, Open Universiteit

Mini break

Presentations from the groups

5 min

20 (4 * 5) min

Group facilitators

Closing the day 1

5 min

Anna Sinisalo, GRID-Arendal, UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Plastic Pollution

Day 2: 13 -16 Moscow time (11-14 CET)



Welcome to day 2

How the theme of marine litter and plastic pollution highlighted in policy-making in the Arctic: an overview

15 min

Marina Kalinina, UArctic Vice President Interregional Cooperation

Monitoring of marine litter in Barents Sea

10 min

Maria Pogojeva, State Oceanographic Institute

Long-term research of anthropogenic litter in the Barents Sea: results and discoveries

10 min

Marina Kharlamova, Murmansk Arctic State University (MASU) 

Mikhail Novikov, Knipovich Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography (PINRO)

UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Plastic Pollution and collaboration in the Barents region

15 min

Anna Sinisalo, GRID-Arendal, UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Plastic Pollution

BREAK

10 min


Panel discussion on how to strengthen collaboration and mitigate the problem in Barents Sea area

50 min

Panelists:

  • Arja Rautio, UArctic Vice President Research

  • Frank Van Belleghem, Open Universiteit

  • Tatiana Sorokina, Northern (Arctic) Federal University

  • Claudia Halsband, Akvaplan-niva

  • Anne Katrine Normann, Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic

Moderator: Alexei Bambulyak, Senior Adviser, Environmental Risks & Contingency Analyses, Akvaplan-niva

Wrap-up and Vote of thanks

10 min

Marina Kalinina, UArctic Vice President Interregional Cooperation



The UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Plastic Solutions is a circumpolar network consisting of 14 member organizations across the Arctic. The objective of the Thematic Network is to foster networking and exchange of knowledge and coordination amongst the experts of the many different disciplines that have a bearing on plastic pollution. UArctic Research Office hosted by the Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) is supporting and developing international cooperation within the UArctic Thematic Networks and other UArctic Activities.

The workshop is a part of the Barents Sea Leadership on Marine Litter project, led by GRID-Arendal in collaboration with Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NarFU), the Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, UN Environment Programme and UArctic, financed by Norway’s Ministry of Climate and Environment.

Release date: 28 Oct 2021

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