On 18 and 19 October 2018, the UN Environment’s Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP), and the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI), co-hosted a workshop in Miami focused on harmonizing marine litter monitoring in the WCR. The workshop was a direct result from a commitment made by the OSPAR Commission and CEP at a United Nations (UN) Conference held in New York in June 2017, about the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (#OceanAction17198). Apart from the direct connection by sea, the Cartagena Convention and OSPAR Commission share several common Contracting Parties including The Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom. A variety of approaches for both the collection of information, as well as the cataloging of data were presented. The participants in the workshop recognized the value of a concentrated number of approaches for collecting and cataloging this information and agreed that the next steps should focus on determining the most appropriate methodology. A pilot project about testing the OSPAR Marine Litter Monitoring methodology, a monitoring scheme used by constituent member countries of the OSPAR Commission, as well as various NGO driven initiatives were presented to participants in the workshop.
This assessment is one of the tasks identified during the workshop and focuses on two priority objectives:
1. Evaluate a hybrid approach to data collection methods employed by OSPAR and Ocean Conservancy for the Wider Caribbean Region. This includes identifying the pros and cons of each methodology by comparing the different survey methods, field forms and databases, as well as governance of the initiatives.
2. Evaluate the technical merits of marine litter data housing by comparing different databases currently used to collect data.
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