Innovative Solutions for Plastic Free EU Rivers (INSPIRE)

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Innovative Solutions for Plastic Free EU Rivers (INSPIRE)

Innovative Solutions for Plastic Free EU Rivers (INSPIRE) 2560 1920 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) – Belgium

The goal of INSPIRE is to contribute to the drastic reduction of plastic litter flow from European inland and transitional waters to the sea.

The Project will bring together 20 technologies and actions for: DETECTION of the pollution presents in the river and at the riverbank, COLLECTION of litter and macroplastics at the riverbank and litter, macro and microplastics in the river & PREVENTION of litter entering inland waters by collecting it from its waste streams and by developing biodegradable alternatives for currently polluting products. Six geographical areas in INSPIRE will be used as case studies to install and test the technologies and actions (European river basins and surrounding coastal areas), to obtain defined solutions. The INSPIRE’s consortium is composed of 26 partners with complementary expertise and a good balance of academia, industry, communication specialists and organisations, who will work towards the target of having successful solutions for plastic pollution.

Start Date: 30/05/2023
End Date: 30/05/2027

Lead Contact: Ana Catarino (

challenges: 1- Understand and beat marine pollution, 9- Capacity Development
ocean_basins: Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, North Sea
type_of_action: Project


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