Gallardo explains the case of Fuerteventura in the Third International Learning Event of the CAPonLITTER Project

On 15 October, the third International Learning Event (ILE#3) of the European project CAPonLITTER took place, an open access webinar organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the entity leading this project in Croatia.    

Different stakeholders from Portugal, Croatia, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Spain took part in the event, presenting their experiences with use of economic instruments intended for inappropriate littering behavior prevention, prevention of redundant waste generation through specific incentives or taxes and encouragement of pervasive items collection through deposit-refund schemes.

Tony Gallardo Campos, managing director of the Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve, was the stakeholder invited by the University Institute of Research on Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (IU-ECOQUA) of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), representing Spain. Gallardo developed the paper "Tools for the prevention and mitigation of plastic pollution in the Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve" to introduce different scientific, economic and government instruments that are being used on the island to mitigate the effect of marine litter, highlighting the importance of this type of initiative in small island systems.

This virtual event also served to generate a space for discussion and learning in which other invited agents whose activity is related to the CAPonLITTER project had the opportunity to participate.

On behalf of IU-ECOAQUA, in addition to Ricardo Haroun, the scientific head of the project in Spain, other members of the BIOCON, EOMAR and TOTMA groups were present.

It should be noted that the organisation of the next International Learning Event (ILE#4), scheduled for the first week of December, will be focused on the role of local communities in improving the awareness of beach users and on citizen science in prevention, The management and monitoring of marine waste in coastal areas will be led by the IU-ECOQUA (ULPGC), in coordination with the Fuerteventura Island Council (Cabildo), through its Department of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Circular Economy and R&D&I.

** Consult the detailed programme of ILE#3 here. In the coming weeks the content of the presentations will be available on the CAPonLITTER website.