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A holistic approach to address plastic pollution on a local scale - The Roskilde Fjord case

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  • Kristian Syberg, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Annemette Palmqvist, Roskilde University
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  • Claudia Sick, Plastic Change
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  • Jakob Strand
Plastic pollution largely stems from peoples everyday use of plastic. This implies that even though the pollution has a magnitude where is can be characterized as a global problem, the main sources are found locally. Local solution can therefore play a dominant role in our efforts to change the current consumption patterns towards more sustainable use of plastic and thus reduce the environmental impact of plastic pollution.

In the 3-year project presented here, we addressed local plastic pollution with a holistic and interdisciplinary approach in semi-closed estuarine water body – Roskilde Fjord, Denmark. The aim of the project was to characterize the magnitude, composition and impact of plastic pollution in the fjord along with dominant exposure routes to the water body. The project furthermore worked with local stakeholders, including citizens, authorities and wastewater treatment plants with the aim of identifying suitable solutions to the plastic pollution.

The interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon science, social science and humanities generated a comprehensive understanding of pollution patterns and potential impacts and furthermore initiated different mitigation processes such a citizen science activities, political attention and enhanced focus on point sources.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event20. Danske Havforskermøde - Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark
Duration: 23 Jan 201925 Jan 2019


Conference20. Danske Havforskermøde
LocationSyddansk Universitet
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