Solutions to the marine debris issue are not possible without partnerships – large and small – and a groundswell of support for change.
What do we bring to the table? Our unique, underwater perspective on the marine debris issue that you help shape through the Dive Against Debris data you report. In order to influence positive change, Project AWARE partners against trash through these initiatives:
Launched in June of 2012 at Rio+20, the Global Partnership for Marine Litter (GPML) seeks to protect human health and the global environment by reducing marine litter. By working alongside partners in government, academia, the public and private sector, Project AWARE contributes to the alliance goal by engaging divers in debris solutions and sharing the information reported through Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program to help reduce its impacts globally.
The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) is a cross-sectoral alliance committed to driving solutions to the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear worldwide. As part of the alliance, Project AWARE contributes ghost gear data reported by Dive Against Debris volunteers, helping build evidence of the issue to define best practices and inform policy change. Together, alliance members aim to improve the health of marine ecosystems, protect marine animals from harm and safeguard human health and livelihoods by working globally and locally to build evidence, defining best practices and informing policies, and catalysing and replicating solutions.
Seas At Risk is an umbrella organisation of environmental NGOs from across Europe that promotes ambitious policies for marine protection at European and international level. As a member, Project AWARE is working alongside other Alliance members to ensure that EU governments take marine litter seriously and commit to implementing the most effective measures to tackle the problem.
Spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy, the Trash Free Seas Alliance® unites industry, science and conservation leaders who share a common goal for a healthy ocean free of trash. As a founding member of the Alliance, Project AWARE is working with corporations, economists, waste experts, and other non-governmental organizations to identify ways for communities to profitably gather, separate, sell and store plastic waste and prevent it from entering the ocean.