German Round Table on Marine Litter
The “Round Table on Marine Litter” was established in 2016 and is led by the Federal Environment Minister, Lower Saxony State Minister for Environment and the President of the German Environment Agency.
It aims to coordinate and support the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the regional action plans on marine litter of the North East Atlantic (OSPAR) as well as the Baltic Sea (HELCOM).
Marine litter is a complex problem due to its numerous sources as well as pathways and transport mechanisms. Around 150 experts from a wide range of sectors, environmental organizations, associations, federal, state and local authorities, as well as regional and local politicians are represented in the Round Table.
The Round Table provides an excellent platform for experts to exchange and offer mutual support and to develop recommendations for action with the aim of counteracting further pollution and raising overall public awareness. It also has capacity to fund dedicated research and organize stakeholder workshops on different topics.