Case studies of macro- and microplastics pollution in coastal waters and rivers

Is there a solution with new removal technologies and policy actions? 

This session on microplastics (MPs) pollution will select different aspects and case studies of micro and macro-plastic litter pollution in coastal waters, and rivers. We want to point out a discussion on this topic and ask ourselves if there is a solution to the global problem by developing new microplastics removal technologies as well as policy actions. We would like to receive presentations related with macroplastics marine litter in beaches, as well as on sampling device for MPs in coastal and nearshore areas assessing MPs pollution in worldwide coastal environments, sediments, and catchments. 

We would like to welcome presentations on technologies to remove MPs from water treatment plants including affordable wastewater tertiary treatments and new drinking water filtration systems as well. Technological solutions are expected to improve in the near future, and we would lo invite speakers to bring their new technologies for MPs removal.


Lastly, this session will emphasize on policy recommendations for the MPs pollution and we welcome presentations on: 

  • law and waste management strategies, such as exploring new removal technologies 

  • education, outreach, and awareness, 

  • source identification and 

  • reconnaissance studies by reporting additional MPs occurrence around the globe and 

  • and speakers describing new research lines such as the development of bioplastics to replace Single Use Plastics (SUPs) in our daily life. 

Prof Damià Barceló, chair, 
IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona, 08034, Spain and ICRA, Girona, 17003, Spain 

Prof Yolanda Pico, co-chair 
Environmental and Food Safety Research Group of the University of Valencia (SAMA-UV), Desertification Research Centre (CIDE), CSIC-GV-UV, Valencia, Spain