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Work at the regional level, within the OSPAR Convention, for the reduction of marine litter in the Atlantic
by Ministry of Sea (Government)
Portugal has been assuming a leading role at the OSPAR Convention, which is one of the most relevant fora to tackle marine pollution at global level, contributing to the implementation of the circular economy of the sea.

OceanWise aims to jointly develop a set of long term measures to reduce the impact of expanded polystyrene products (EPS), by the definition of measures and policies, the provision of guidance on good practices to the Industry and to public authorities and the replication for other materials (other plastics), and the development of a database of currently available alternatives to EPS products.

CleanAtlantic aims to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services by improving the regional cooperation and by reinforcing capabilities to prevent, monitor and remove marine litter.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Expanded polystyrene products
  • Coastal clean-ups:
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse:
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
December 2020
Work with OSPAR for the reduction of marine litter in the Atlantic.
Staff / Technical expertise
This refers to the human resources that are to be mobilized in order to implement the commitment.
Other, please specify
This refers to the regulatory instruments that are to be put in place in order to implement the commitment.
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - December 2020
Ministry of Sea (Government); OSPAR (intergovernmental body)
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Jos Simo , General Director DGRM, jose.simao@dgrm.mm.gov.pt,
Other SDGs
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