Projects Marlisco and DeFishGear organized a National Forum on Marine Litter, on Wednesday, February 4th 2015, in Strunjan, Slovenia, with the purpose of stimulating a public debate on this issue.
The forum was joined by over 30 representatives of legislature, municipalities, NGOs, researchers and the economy, as well as participants joining the event on-line. After the presentations of Marlisco and DeFishGear projects and their efforts in this area, the panel of experts from various fields gave their own view of the situation and their opinion on where the improvements should be made.
Through an open discussion and group work, participants developed proposals for measures to improve the situation, including strengthening the awareness, improving control over the illegal discharge of waste, reuse and education on how to reduce the consumption of plastic in everyday life (e.g. shopping).
All the proposed measures will be presented in a report which will be forwarded to various actors at national and local level in Slovenia, as well as to partners of both projects which will consequently spread these ideas also beyond the borders of Slovenia.