International, Regional, & Cross-sectoral Partnerships

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Below is a list of sessions within the International, Regional, & Cross-sectoral Partnerships conference track.

Public/private partnerships for reducing and preventing marine debris through education and outreachEducation and outreach programs, effective laws and policies, a sound waste management infrastructure, and a system of fair and vigilant enforcement of waste management laws are the essential building blocks for successful marine debris prevention initiatives.  The most successful programs take integrated approaches to changing the behaviors and practices of civil society, as well as those of industry and government.  This session will examine a number of public/private partnerships and similar programs already in place as a means of identifying best practices.  It will highlight innovative strategies being developed within the private sector and through partnerships to make sure that material innovations and product design breakthroughs are helping to reduce environmental impacts.  The session will also explore how partnerships with local governments and reclaimers to increase the amount and types of materials can help to create secure, financial business opportunities and make recycling a cost-effective solution. And, finally, the session will explore the impacts of how consumer education is essential, and how local management of solid waste can help or hinder progress. This session will focus on collaborative success stories and opportunities for improvement and innovative educational and technological activities that can be implemented nationally and disseminated on a global scale.
Chair: Keith Christman, American Chemistry Council
Co-chair: Seba Sheavly, PhD, Sheavly Consultants

Engaging fishermen to address derelict fishing gearProviding fishermen with the means to get involved in derelict fishing gear removal (potentially recovering their own lost gear) and working with them to identify ways to prevent gear loss are key avenues to reduce the overall amount of derelict fishing gear.  These topics will be explored in this session, which is targeted to those people trying to reduce the amount of derelict fishing gear by engaging fishermen in removal and prevention activities.
Chair: Sarah Morison, NOAA Marine Debris Division

Stories of success: Place-based partnerships to prevent land-based sources of marine debrisMarine debris efforts often involve collaborations among many different organizations and disciplines.  As the NOAA Marine Debris Program states, “Marine debris is everyone’s problem.”  This session is dedicated to exploring case studies that tell an interesting, holistic marine debris “story.”  Regional successes and challenges will be highlighted in this session, as will projects that utilize partnerships among varied stakeholders to prevent land-based sources of marine debris.
Chair: TBD
Co-chair: TBD

Stories of success: Place-based partnerships to assess and remove marine debrisMarine debris efforts often involve collaborations among many different organizations and disciplines.  As the NOAA Marine Debris Program states, “Marine debris is everyone’s problem.”  This session is dedicated to exploring case studies that tell an interesting, holistic marine debris “story.”  Regional successes and challenges will be highlighted in this session, as will projects that utilize partnerships among varied stakeholders to assess and remove marine debris.
Chair: TBD
Co-chair: TBD

Many hands make light work: Global and regional partnerships to prevent, mitigate, and remove marine debris Marine debris is a global challenge which cannot be resolved without sustained cooperation at regional and global scales. This session will address the role of regional and global partnerships in promoting and supporting innovative mechanisms to prevent, mitigate, and remove marine debris. It will identify global actors and highlight specific regional examples of cooperation.  It will explore new partnerships to accelerate regional and global initiatives.
Chair: TBD
Co-chair: TBD

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