CLAIM: Cleaning Litter by developing and Applying Innovative Methods in European seas
During the second week of November the H2020 funded project organized the 1st Plenary Assembly meeting in Camogli (Italy) back to back with other project meetings and the 2nd public workshop on Ocean Plastic Pollution.
This Project addresses a major environmental problem, the presence and accumulation of plastic debris in the marine environment, which has been increasing substantially in the last fifty years. During the Plenary Assembly, the partners presented main milestones achieved during the first year as well as the action plan for forthcoming months.
Hosted by the Institute of Anthropogenic Impacts and Sustainability in the marine environment of the National Research Council (IAS-CNR) the meeting counted with the participation of 19 partners (research organizations, SMEs, universities), and other participants like Plastics Europe, WWF, KAUST, the Ministry of Estonia and Università Politecnica Delle Marche or the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The project has received a remarkable interest notably by local media, who have published information not only about the project’s assembly and public workshop but also the project’s objectives and their relevance to the local context.
CLAIM project targets pollution in marine areas by focusing on the development of innovative cleaning technologies and approaches. The project will design new strategies for prevention and in situ management visible and invisible marine litter with a focus on several scenarios in the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea. Real environment will be tested in-situ in key areas across the Mediterranean (Lyon Gulf, Ligurian Sea, Saronikos Gulf and Gulf of Gabès) and the Baltic Sea (near Denmark). In addition, the project will seek out new business models to enhance the economic feasibility for upscaling CLAIM innovations.
CLAIM is funded under Horizon 2020 Call BG-07-2017: Blue green innovation for clean coasts and seas. The project has a duration of four years and brings together 19 institutions, five of which are small or medium enterprises (SMEs), from across Europe.
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This Project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774586.