New research project on microplastics in the Baltic Sea
A new research project will focus on decreasing and removing microplastics in the Baltic Sea. The project will increase knowledge and understanding about dispersal pathways and sources through measurements in different flows in society, as well as cost-effective methods to reduce microplastics.
Marine littering is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time and plastic is one of the most common types of garbage in the sea. FanpLESStic is a new research project, working with preventing and decreasing the pollution of microplastics in water and the Baltic Sea. Microplastics are plastic particles that are smaller than 5 mm in size.
FanpLESStic-sea seeks to reduce microplastic leakage, by following main outputs
- A model to map, understand and visualize microplastic pathways that will be applied to the partners' cities/regions.
- Piloting of new technology i) for filtering away microplastics; ii) sustainable drainage solutions as means for removal of microplastics; and iii) to remove microplastics from stormwater.
- Defining innovative governance frameworks and engaging a large range of players for implementation of coordinated and cost-efficient measures resulting in locally adapted investment proposals/plans for each partner's region.
- Dissemination of project results, including reports on barriers and ways forward, to increase institutional capacity on up-stream and problem-targeted methods to remove microplastics.
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