Mapping policy interfaces for marine litter

At the 2015 G-7 Leaders’ Declaration Summit, G-7 leaders acknowledged that ‘marine litter, in particular plastic litter, poses a global challenge, directly affecting marine and coastal life and ecosystems and potentially also human health’. With this in mind, research from Sea Change—a Horizon 2020 project—engaged in European dialogue with marine governance actors. A modelling approach called Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping examined the forces at work for marine litter. Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping seeks to understand marine systems with individuals and priority groups, rather than on their behalf, to improve decision making and subsequent policy development.

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