Toolkit: Marine litter retention

This Toolkit is for anyone who wants to set up a marine litter retention project. You might be an organisation, such as an NGO, a fishermen’s association or a local or regional public organisation, or you might be an individual who is committed to setting up a project in your local community. This Toolkit will support you in the planning and implementation of your project. The Toolkit does not provide a single recipe for how you should develop your project. Instead, it will point out some important issues you should think of when setting up your project and provide advice on how to overcome problems that organisations often face when setting up marine litter retention projects.

Marine litter retention projects are initiatives in which fishermen voluntarily bring ashore the litter they collect in their nets during their regular fishing activities. They land the litter in ports for treatment by a waste management company. Marine litter retention projects differ from other marine litter projects, as they are focused on the litter that fishermen collect during their regular activities. These projects can be combined with other activities, such as beach cleaning, diving for litter, etc. This Toolkit does not specifically cover these other types of marine litter projects and these additional activities. 

The Toolkit covers different steps that should be taken to set up a marine litter retention project. These steps are suggested based on MARELITT’s assessment of good practices in existing marine litter projects in the European Union. The Planning section of this Toolkit focuses on the first steps you should take in planning your project, such as understanding your local situation, defining the objectives for your project and preparing your project budget. It also provides you with a template for the main project planning tool: your project plan. The Project participants section helps you to engage stakeholders in your project and describes their potential roles in the project. The Implementation section provides practical advice on each stage of a marine litter retention project, from collecting the litter to managing how it will be disposed of or recovered once it is returned to shore. The Project monitoring and evaluation section sets out basic ideas on how to keep track of your project’s results. Finally, the Funding section provides guidance on how to seek funding and approach sponsors for your project.

The whole Toolkit  is also available for download in a printable version.

The Toolkit also provides a set of tools, including templates, which you can tailor to the specifics of your project. These tools are provided as downloadable attachments. 

The guidance in this Toolkit is based on the best practices identified through the assessment of existing projects and the lessons learnt through supporting new projects. 



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Toolkit for setting up marine litter retention project