Global network to monitor marine plastic pollution (IAEA – NUTEC Marine Plastics)

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Global network to monitor marine plastic pollution (IAEA – NUTEC Marine Plastics)

Global network to monitor marine plastic pollution (IAEA – NUTEC Marine Plastics) 2560 1920 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

International Atomic Energy Agency, Marine Environment Laboratories Monaco – Monaco

Monitoring marine microplastics is indispensable for determining the pathways and impacts on the marine ecosystem and on seafood, and hence, for providing decision makers with actionable scientific knowledge to reduce microplastics entering the ocean.

The goal of IAEA’s flagship initiative ‘Nuclear Technology for Controlling Plastic Pollution – NUTEC Plastics’ is raising the capacity of laboratories worldwide for tracking marine microplastics by providing sampling and analytical equipment along with tailored capacity building and harmonized methods. IAEA develops a global network of laboratories in Member States, for monitoring and assessing the impact of marine plastics, with the IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories as Reference Laboratory. IAEA supports Member States in reporting on SDG 14, on the upcoming international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, and on UNEP’s Global Partnership on Marine Litter.

Start Date: 01/01/2022
End Date: 31/12/2027

Lead Contact: Jana Friedrich (

challenges: 1- Understand and beat marine pollution, 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 9- Capacity Development
ocean_basins: All Ocean Basins
type_of_action: Project


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