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About this Digest on Marine litter and microplastics

  1. Sources for this Digest
  2. Digest Publication History

1. Sources for this Digest

The material content of the texts on Level 3 is directly sourced from the GESAMP report  “Proceedings of the GESAMP International Workshop on micro- plastic particles as a vector in transporting persistent, bio- accumulating and toxic substances in the oceans. 28-30th June 2010, UNESCO-IOC, Paris.”

This report is the proceedings of a workshop that was held at UNESCO-IOC in Paris from the 28th to the 30th of June 2010 as part of GESAMP’s remit to advise its sponsoring agencies (IMO, FAO, UNESCO-IOC, UNIDO, WMO, IAEA, UN, UNEP, and UNDP) on ‘new and emerging issues’ in relation to the state of the marine environment. The invited participants represented the scientific community, the plastics industry, policy makers and environmental NGOs, as well as regional bodies and developing as well as developed countries. The aim was to create a forum where key stakeholders could discuss the broader issues and inform GESAMP on the topic.

The Level 1 and Level 2 summaries were written by the GreenFacts Editorial Team.

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2. Digest Publication History

The GreenFacts publication process is designed to ensure as high a degree of objectivity as possible.

First draft

The first draft of this Digest was produced by GreenFacts in September, 2012.

Preliminary and Peer review

The final draft of this Digest was produced in January 2013 by GreenFacts and peer reviewed by scientists of the GESAMP.


The summaries were published online on 15 March 2013.

Updates or subsequent post-publication revisions

No update or revision at present.

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