MARP3 MARine Plastic Pollution in the Arctic: origin, status, costs and incentives for Prevention.
Plastic waste is an emergent pollutant in the Arctic affecting marine and coastal ecosystems and associated ecosystem services that contribute to human well-being. The high level of marine debris found in the region, suggest that there is a need to increase awareness of how this pollutant affect ecosystems, societies and industry, and to identify preventive measures that can contribute to sustainable development in the area. This project will deliver management relevant research on marine waste using Svalbard and the Barents Sea as a case study regarding 1) the status and sources of marine waste, 2) socio-economic costs of marine waste, and 3)
regulations and incentives affecting how waste in general, and ship-waste in particular is handled.