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Race For Water (R4W) Odyssey Preliminary Science Results

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Already more than half way around the world, the Race For Water Odyssey is improving our understanding of the plastic pollution of our Oceans. Here is the half-way result report.

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Race For Water (R4W) Odyssey Preliminary Science Results

  1. 1. FIRST LEARNINGS FROM RACE FOR WATER ODYSSEE
  2. 2. Race for Water Odyssey Mid-term report Scientific assessment - 22 beaches sampled on - 7 scientific stopovers - 84% of debris are plastics  Plastic pollution was found everywhere - 6 scientific meeting organized (think tank, roundtable, forums, etc.) - More than 60 members of the scientific community met
  3. 3. R4WO – Scientific results Preliminary results : environmental aspect Plastic pollution is omnipresent We found plastic debris at each sampling area. No place is immune. Indicative Figure : Samples of Collected Microdebris  Samples of microdebris (including a large proportion of plastic)  Volume of substratum (usually sand) considered : 25 dm3, 50 cm wide by 50 cm long by 10 cm depth («quadrant»)
  4. 4. R4WO – Scientific results Component/I nstitution Objective Planning Microplastics / EPFL Identify microplastic (MP) quality and typology in order to characterize the material used and the primary function of this plastic. Final report : April, 2016 Intermediate results will be provided regularly Micropolluants / HEIA-FR Qualitative determination of absorbed pollutants on microplastics. Laboratory analysis will start in march 2016 Final results : March 2017
  5. 5. R4WO – Scientific results Component/I nstitution Objective Planning Microplastics toxicity / Bordeaux Assesss the microplastic toxicity on a cell line of fish, and on the development of a fish larvae, the Japanese Medaka, Oryzias latipes. Cell line starting tests planned : September, 2015. Preliminary results : End of November 2015. Macroplastics / Duke Automated aerial identification of macroplastics washed ashore Online release three months after data reception. Plankton/Ros coff and CNRS 1. Improve the knowledge about marine biodiversity by creating a genomic database of plankton, 2. Create a network of navigating citizens who participate to a global worldwide sampling. Results expected end of September 2015.
  6. 6. R4WO – Scientific results Preliminary results : social aspect On every island (except for Hawaii) 1) Awareness raising is always a pillar 2) High costs related to shoreline clean- ups 3) Local people face marine debris with their own means 4) Local initiatives are key when the municipality does have the means/political will 5) Systemic problems related to the waste management
  7. 7. Race for Water Odyssey Mid-term report AWARENESS PARTNERSHIP SENSITIZATION MEDIA & SOCIAL NETWORKNEWORK 44 organizations met 1 network of WATER GUARDIAN EXPERTS with 170 people contacted 7 partnerships with Swiss embassies, consulates or Swisness 500 children met 1 conference at the UN 8 public events touching more than 3600 people 8 press conferences 372 publications in 35 countries 4090 followers on Facebook

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