The Marine Litter Task Group was established by the Wales Marine Action and Advisory Group (WMAAG) to develop a Wales Marine Litter Action Plan. The Task Group reported back to the WMAAG meeting in May, with a workshop session on the draft Marine Litter Action Plan.
Subsequent to that meeting the Task Group has further developed the action plan with
A telephone survey of local authority lead officers on marine litter (summary attached)
A marine litter focused visit to Saundersfoot by the Cabinet Secretary with a stakeholder roundtable to contribute to the action plan
Meetings with Visit Wales and Cardiff Council on Year of the Sea and Volvo Ocean Race
Contributions to 4 Visit Wales Year of the Sea roadshows for tourism business
Task group meeting and conference call to draw on the experience of key partners
the global profile of the Volvo Ocean Race,which promotes the UN Clean Seas initiative. Wales will be hosting the Atlantic leg for two weeks from May 28th, with host countries being expected to undertake marine sustainability legacy initiatives
the opportunity to build on the high public profile of marine litter through media coverage eg Sky Ocean Rescue, Blue Planet etc with a Wales wide brand and common message
A commitment to take action by making a Wales Clean Seas Pledge – aligned to the UN Clean Seas pledge
Individuals. communities, businesses, public bodies, organisations will be asked to make a clean seas pledge. The pledges will draw on the examples of action from the marine litter action plan and be relevant to the nature of the organisation, with organisations making a public commitment to action and reporting on the impact of the changes made.
Welsh Government will need to make a pledge to initiate the process in line with the expectations of the UN Clean Seas pledge
A 3 year programme of activity initiated as part of the Visit Wales Year of the Sea 2018
How will the Wales Clean Seas Partnership operate?
A revised Marine Litter Task Group will become the Steering Group for the Partnership with remit to include:
the development of the communication plan and associated marketing material
design of the format for recording and communicating pledges
coordination of profile Wales Clean Seas activities eg celebration of 30 years of the Blue Flag beaches; Volunteer Beach Cleans; Plastic Free Coastline initiatives
management of Wales Clean Seas web site
planning with Volvo Ocean Race / Year of the Sea
reporting to WMAAG
The next steps ?
Following WMAAG endorsement on November 15th the proposals are to be submitted to Cabinet Secretary/Minister, including the request to make the lead Clean Seas Pledge
WMAAG members to consider their own pledges and respond to task/steering group
Communications planning meeting of Marine Litter Task Group/ Steering Group for Clean Seas Partnership planned for 2pm Dec 5th in Cardiff arranged through Keep Wales Tidy
Confirm shared resources and additional capacity required to deliver the Clean Seas Partnership
Build the Wales Clean Seas Partnership and associated pledges/activities for launch around the Ocean Summit on June 5th planned as part of the Volvo Ocean Race