Posted by: Hendra Siry | 31 January, 2017

G20 – Workshop on Marine Litter

 

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety organizes a

 

G20 – Workshop on Marine Litter

 

Hamburg, March 7 – 8, 2017

 

Marine litter is broadly recognized as a critical problem the world’s oceans are facing. Entanglement of and ingestion by wildlife are the most visible implications of marine litter. The quantity of litter entering the oceans has caused – and presumably will remain causing for an unpredictable period of time – serious problems for ecosystem function and the socio-economic environment, respectively.It further poses hazard to navigation, and it facilitates the transport of non-indigenous species, as well as pathogens. Combating marine litter implies meeting our responsibility towards future generations. Transformation towards healthier oceans as recently requested through SDG 14 can only be achieved by promoting cooperation through participatory multi-stakeholder processes. Therefore, finding common grounds to enhance acceptance and progress is indispensable and precondition to reach a good environmental status of our seas and oceans for the benefit of all.

 

Global waste inputs into the oceans can be brought down dramatically if states collaboratively achieve reductions. The G20 countries account for just over 80 percent of gross world product, three-quarters of global trade and around two-thirds of the world’s population. Its decisions are influential and help to bring about reform at national and multinational levels. Against this background G20 are the appropriate forum to address the issue of marine litter.

 

Acknowledging commitments taken under various regional seas conventions and programmes, as well as within the G7 Action Plan to Combat Marine Litter, we would like to bring your attention to the first participatory process under the German G20 presidency that aims at finding solutions to reduce the input and distribution of marine litter.

 

The workshop will take place at the Hotel Hafen Hamburg, Seewartenstraße 9, 20459 Hamburg.

 

Meeting time will be from 11 am on Tuesday, March 7 until 4 pm on Wednesday, March 8.

 

Please note: conference language will be English.

 

Participants should get in touch with Ms Heike Imhoff or Ms Judith Neumann (Heike.Imhoff@bmub.bund.de and Judith.Neumann@bmub.bund.de). The official invitation, a tentative agenda, as well as more practical information will follow in due time.

 

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