Plastic Mapathon & Plastic Survey

The FIG Working Week has been cancelled. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and there are two overriding concerns that have caused us to make this decision at this time.

First, the Dutch Government announced new measurements to control the COVID-19 outbreak. In the Netherlands all gatherings are prohibited until 1 June.

Second, our primary concern is always the wellbeing of you, and we would not take on the responsibility, during these times, to bring so many surveyors from all over the world together.

Date: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May 2020 at VU - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The effects of plastic pollution on the Earth’s oceans are well documented, potentially catastrophic and increasing exponentially year on year. The UN Environment Programme has calculated that each year more than 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans, wreaking havoc on marine wildlife, fisheries and tourism. Eighty per cent of all litter in our oceans is made of plastic. This is an intolerable but not insurmountable problem that needs immediate and far-reaching action to remedy.


Plastic Mapathon - hackaton focusing on finding innovative ways to map plastic & Plastic Survey

The goal is to investigate the extent of existing information on plastic pollution of waterways in the Netherlands/Europe through formal survey datasets held by governments and academia. To develop techniques for collecting this information formally as part of future contract specifications for marine/river surveys or through dedicated plastic surveys and informally through citizen science/crowd sourcing techniques and how to apply these formal and informal techniques to ‘hot spots’ locally, within the EU and throughout the world, particularly third world countries with a lack of first world infrastructure.

9 May 2020: Plastic Mapathon - hackaton focusing on finding innovative ways to map plastic

10 May 2020: Plastic Survey

This plastics survey aims to:  

  1. Raise public awareness of the plastic waste problem;
  2. Raise the awareness of the Working Week, FIG, the UN SDG’s particularly SDG 14
  3. Develop surveying techniques for citizen surveying and WG4.3 volunteers to undertake plastic waste surveys at hotspots around the world
  4. Develop data processing and reporting techniques for future surveys
  5. Report the survey findings once the data is processed

Organised by: FIG Working Group 4.3 - Mapping the Plastic and FIG Young Surveyors Network.




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