FanpLESStic-sea – Initiatiatives to remove microplastics before they enter the sea
FanpLESStic-sea
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
2 Natural resources
objective
2.1 Clear waters

FanpLESStic-sea

Microplastics must be stopped from entering the sea. They stem from many sources, including car tires, waste disposal, textiles and cosmetics. But there is a need to better understand the sources and pathways of microplastics when assessing the efficiency of measures to treat microplastics and improving policies. FanpLESStic-sea provides tools to municipalities, national policy makers, and water utilities to get to work. The project sets up a model to map local pathways of microplastics, pilots removal technologies and defines innovative governance frameworks to reduce microplastics.
Project summary

Microplastic pollution

Microplastics are very small pieces of plastic, coming from e.g. cosmetics, clothes and bottles, that pollute the Baltic Sea and drinking water. The extent of pollution and consequences for the natural ecosystem have not been yet examined. There is also a knowledge gap on possible removal technologies and a lack of policy framework to support prevention and removal activities. The focus of the project FanpLESStic-sea is to track the sources of microplastics as a means of preventing microplastics from entering the sea.

FanpLESStic-sea project involves partner organisations in eight countries around the Baltic Sea, i.e. Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. It works with municipalities, water utilities and associations, national policy makers and research communities.

What is FanpLESStic-sea about?

The project FanpLESStic-sea improves the knowledge where microplastics come from and what their transport pathways are. The project also sets up a model to understand and better visualize the microplastic pathways. New technologies can prevent or reduce microplastic leakage into watercourses. Therefore, the project partners evaluate and pilot methods for filtering microplastics away, removing microplastics from stormwater, and implementing sustainable drainage solutions.

The project also defines innovative governance frameworks to better engage decision makers and other relevant players in implementing cost-effective methods to reduce microplastics. These include locally adapted investment proposals and plans for each partner’s region.

Budgets

FanpLESStic-sea
in numbers
  • 2.97
    Million
    Total
  • 2.05
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.09
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.13
    Million
    Norway

Highlights by mid-term

The project partners worked together to map flows and pathways of microplastic in their regions. This mapping and, also, sampling activities provided an input to model of microplastic flows that is developed by the universities in cooperation with water utilities and authorities as a tool to better understand how microplastics travel and enter the ecosystem from different sources.

To raise awareness of general public about problems of microplastics and solutions to mitigate or prevent microplastic pollution, educational organisations and local authorities organised several events, including a cleaning campaign on the beaches of Kaliningrad and the “Decode the plastic” campaign in Poland.

Outputs

Project Stories

Partners

Sweden Water Research (SWR)

  • Town
    Malmö
  • Region
    Skåne län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
464,900.00
55.605293113.0001566

Luleå University of Technology (LTU)

  • Town
    Luleå
  • Region
    Norrbottens län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
238,506.40
65.583118722.1459535

Aalborg University (AAU)

  • Town
    Aalborg Ø
  • Region
    Nordjylland
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
541,031.10
57.04626269.9215263

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
288,935.20
60.167488124.9427473

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission (HELCOM)

  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
193,895.70
60.167488124.9427473

Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LIAE)

  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
194,650.40
56.949397724.1051846

Gdanks Water Utilities Ltd. (GIWK)

  • Town
    Gdansk
  • Region
    Gdański
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
247,961.00
54.3611928518.62860883362069

Gdansk Water Ltd. (GW)

  • Town
    Gdansk
  • Region
    Trójmiejski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
312,500.00
54.3611928518.62860883362069

State Autonomous Institution of the Kaliningrad region "Environmental Center "ECAT-Kaliningrad" (ECAT)

  • Town
    Kaliningrad
  • Region
    Kaliningrad Oblast
  • Country
    Russian Federation
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
103,810.00
54.71012820.5105838

Siauliai Chambers of Commerce, Indusrty and Crafts (SCCIC)

  • Town
    Siailiai
  • Region
    Šiaulių apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
126,525.00
55.923070223.3139116

Salt Lofoten AS (SALT)

  • Town
    Svolvær
  • Region
    Nordland
  • Country
    Norway
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
255,354.00
68.232210714.5646448