On November 17, 2021, a seminar took place online, with the main topic “Coastal litter – from challenges to solutions”. It was organized by the Foundation for Environmental Education in Latvia, which is the organizer of the coastal clean-up campaign “My Sea”. Baltic Coasts, PLASTECO partner in Latvia, were invited to participate with a presentation about the project and the key findings in regards to finding solutions to the plastics litter problem. During the presentation, Māra Deksne, project manager of PLASTECO in Latvia, introduced the project and its objectives and presented the findings of the Report on measures to curb aquatic litter and facilitate clean-up efforts developed within PLASTECO. The best practice examples from the report were explained to give ideas for solutions that could be transferred locally. Moreover, the key events taking place within PLASTECO were presented and the audience was invited to join the interregional workshops and local stakeholder meetings.
Other topics of the seminar concerned the favourite recreational areas by the Latvian coastline and the summary of monitoring results from 10 years of the coastal litter monitoring and clean-up campaign “My sea”. The seminar was ended with an interactive workshop where the audience had the opportunity to discuss solutions on a municipal or community-action scale to curb littering in the coastal areas in Latvia.
The event was financially supported by the Society Integration Foundation. The funds were contributed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia provided from the Latvian state budget.