Venice Lagoon Plastic Free has been awarded an EU Grant as part of the new Horizon Europe REMEDIES project – Co-creating strong uptake of REMEDIES for the future of our oceans through deploying plastic litter valorisation and prevention pathways. This project is the first selected from the new Horizon Europe programme Mission: Ocean, seas and waters. Venice Lagoon Plastic Free will act as Lighthouse Case Study for the project.
The Horizon Europe REMEDIES Project
The overall aim of the Horizon Europe REMEDIES project is to raise public interest for the implementation of solutions to save our seas, and to bring the monitoring and collection of plastic litter into the mainstream. REMEDIES hopes to promote plastic prevention in everyday life by exploiting both traditional and more modern techniques – in this way, the project aims to build a more plastic-conscious society.
The objectives of the Horizon Europe REMEDIES project are:
– To monitor macro- and microplastic waste in 8 Mediterranean areas.
– To collect and valorise >422 tons of plastic litter.
– To prevent the further deposition of an equivalent of >61 tons of plastic.
– To reach >250,000 people and activate >2,000 citizens.
– To scale and replicate zero-waste innovations in ~50 more sites.
Venice Lagoon Plastic Free’s role in the consortium
As one of 23 consortium members from 12 different countries, VLPF plays the role of single lighthouse case study applied to the development and testing of the shoreline marine litter survey app, in cooperation with INFORDATA and in compliance with the new international protocols for marine litter monitoring. The Lighthouse has high visibility and a vision for the entire project, and relies also on VLPF’s previous capitalisation of H2020 projects and specific institutional networks for impact maximisation. In particular, VLPF is a European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) accredited data repositor, as well as a WWF Plastic Smart Cities partner and supporter in the city of Venice as signatory party of the same.
Venice will pave the way for other demo sites in the Mediterranean, in cooperation with our Horizon Europe REMEDIES partners in Koper (Slovenia), Saydia (Morocco), Cyclades (Greece), Porquerolles (France) and Durres (Albania).
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