Toolkit: Marine litter retention, Planning your project, Your local situation

See also: Objectives | Expected outcomes | Project budget

Understanding your local situation will be the starting point for your project plan. Before planning the tasks and activities of your project, you should have a clear understanding of the local fishing industry, the marine litter problem and how it is currently managed in your area. This ‘situation analysis’ will help you to develop objectives and select project activities that allow you to meet these objectives and that fit well for the area where you will implement your project. It will also help you to identify in advance potential obstacles and challenges that you will be faced with in the implementation of the project. For instance, if your situation analysis shows that there is very little awareness of marine litter among fishermen and port authorities, awareness-raising should be an important component of your project. If the fishing ports in your area do not have adequate waste reception facilities that also accept marine litter, litter management will be a key issue for your project.

A Marine Litter Retention Project Situation Analysis checklist is available for download. This checklist will take you through the questions you should consider in analysing your local situation. This will help to ensure you have identified the key issues that will impact the planning or implementation of your project. Using this checklist, you can describe and document your local project situation. You can use the Project Situation and Need section of the Marine Litter Retention Project Plan Template to document this situation analysis. 

This analysis will include:

You will probably need to speak to local stakeholders to gather this information. For example, fishermen’s associations may be able to provide information on how many vessels are registered in each port, the type of fishing method mostly applied, etc.

It is also important to consider any on-going or completed projects on marine litter in the area, even if they do not deal with marine litter retention in the same way as your project (for example, beach cleaning, diving for litter). This will help you to identify possible project partners and sources of information. This may include relevant initiatives carried out by your local or regional authority. Such an overview can also help you to determine the level of awareness of stakeholders.



Situation analysis checklist