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Title: Adoption and diffusion of marine litter clean-up technologies across European seas: Legal, institutional and financial drivers and barriers
Authors: Frantzi, Sofia
Brouwer, Roy
Watkins, Emma
van Beukering, Pieter
Cunha, Maria da Conceição 
Dijkstra, Hanna
Duijndam, Sem
Jaziri, Hela
Okoli, Ikechukwu Charles
Pantzar, Mia
Rada Cotera, Ignacio
Rehdanz, Katrin
Seidel, Karsten
Triantaphyllidis, George
Keywords: Clean-up technologies; European seas; Marine governance; Marine litter; Plastic waste; Policy incentives
Issue Date: Sep-2021
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/774586/EU/Cleaning Litter by developing and Applying Innovative Methods in european seas 
Serial title, monograph or event: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Volume: 170
Abstract: This study reviews existing legal, institutional and policy tools and frameworks, relevant to the introduction and adoption of new marine litter clean-up technologies in two regional European seas, the Mediterranean and the Baltic. A combination of desk studies in six countries bordering the Baltic (Estonia, Germany, Sweden) and the Mediterranean (Greece, Italy, Tunisia), and interviews with experts and stakeholders, is used to identify key drivers and barriers to the adoption and diffusion of marine litter technologies. The main conclusion of the study is that the most influential pieces of legislation relevant to marine litter management are top-down EU policies, often forming the basis of regional and national plans. Moreover, the study finds that several drivers of marine litter technologies may at the same time be critical barriers. These factors include public awareness, consumer behaviour, enforcement of legislation, and the rise of SMEs engaged in recycling and eco-labelling of marine litter.
ISSN: 0025326X
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.112611
Rights: openAccess
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