WORKING TOGETHER TO PROJECT THE PLANET
To tackle the long-standing problem of marine litter is the main goal of the MAELSTROM project. In this sense, the collaboration and the ability to bring together disciplines from robotics to marine biology, and citizen behavioural change, are key. The project will address the marine litter problem in a comprehensive way: not only by monitoring its presence and removing it but by also connecting and disseminating good practices that will mitigate its accumulation and impacts in the coastal ecosystem. Last, but not the least, the project will test and implement innovative technologies to recycle and give all the marine litter a new use by re-introducing it in the market chain.
A first step towards climate neutrality by 2050 and decoupling economic growth from resource use, as foreseen by the European Green Deal.
“We know that many human activities pose a threat to the marine ecosystems, so it is our responsibility to find solutions to address this issue” says Fantina Madricardo, researcher at ISMAR-CNR and project scientific coordinator. “In many cases, scientific and technological advances offer an important help in protecting the environment. However, they are not enough: the real basis for achieving concrete results are the commitment and collaboration of all. For this reason, MAELSTROM will be strongly dedicated to public engagement and collaborative networking between projects and actions focused on reducing marine litter and its devastating impacts on coastal ecosystems.”