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Protected shores contaminated with plastic
Baztan, J.; Jorgensen, B.; Vanderlinden, J.P.; Pahl, S.; Thompson, R.; Carrasco, A.; Miguelez, A.; Huck, T.; Garrabou, J.; Broglio, E.; Chouinard, O.; Surette, C.; Soudant, P.; Huvet, A.; Galgani, F.; Paul-Pont, I. (2015). Protected shores contaminated with plastic, in: Baztan, J. et al. Coastal Zones: Solutions for the 21st Century. pp. 185-195.
In: Baztan, J. et al. (2015). Coastal Zones: Solutions for the 21st Century. Elsevier: Amsterdam. ISBN 978-0-12-802748-6. xviii, 376 pp., more

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    Coastal zones; Community-based Knowledge-to-action; Marine litter; Plastic pollution

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  • Baztan, J.
  • Jorgensen, B.
  • Vanderlinden, J.P., more
  • Pahl, S.
  • Thompson, R.
  • Carrasco, A.
  • Miguelez, A.
  • Huck, T.
  • Garrabou, J., more
  • Broglio, E.
  • Chouinard, O.
  • Surette, C.
  • Soudant, P.
  • Huvet, A.
  • Galgani, F.
  • Paul-Pont, I.

    As the rate of plastic production increases globally, we see the problem of plastic debris in oceans and coastal zones also increasing, even in areas under rigorous environmental protection. Drawing from a case study situated within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, this chapter shares the example of an ongoing, collaborative partnership between community members, researchers, and decision makers, working together to confront the problem of plastic pollution locally. Since plastic debris is a complex global issue, it cannot be resolved at the local level alone. Here we also introduce a burgeoning regional working group, Communities-Based Observatories Tackling Marine Litter (COASTAL). The goal of COASTAL is to coordinate community-based efforts underway to address plastic pollution at various sites within the larger North Atlantic–Mediterranean system, and thereby expand our understanding of the plastic debris problem, and its potential solutions, at regional and local scales.

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