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Title: A multi-criteria assessment of policies to achieve the objectives of the EU marine litter strategy
Authors: Dias, Luis C. 
Cunha, Maria C
Watkins, Emma
Triantaphyllidis, George
Keywords: Marine litter; Microplastics, macroplastics; Multi-criteria decision analysis; Policy-making; Stakeholder engagement
Issue Date: 9-Jun-2022
Project: CLAIM (Cleaning Litter by developing and Applying Innovative Methods in European seas) H2020 Grant agreement ID: 774586 
FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., Project UIDB/05037/2020 
UID/EMS/00285/2020 
Serial title, monograph or event: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Volume: 180
Abstract: This paper proposes and assesses policy options to achieve the objectives of the EU marine litter strategy, based on the existing EU legislation. A group of experts and stakeholders was involved through a multi-staged workshop organized to generate the information to assess the contribution of the policies to the set of objectives, as well as the relative importance of the objectives, on qualitative scales. The ELECTRE TRI multi-criteria decision analysis method was used to rate the policies, which were subsequently ranked. Per the results, all policies deserve to be considered, even when the more pessimistic assessments (33rd percentile) are used. Revising the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive, setting legislative targets on marine litter and ensure they are fully monitored, and funding proven clean-up technologies were deemed to be the most potentially impactful policies. The remaining policies assessed can nevertheless play an important role in complementing the higher-ranked policies.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/100324
ISSN: 0025326X
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.113803
Rights: openAccess
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