Claim Work Packages

 

Divided into seven Work Packages (WPs), CLAIM’s structure aim to harness the potential of each individual partner and at the same time promote collaboration within a consortium of 19 expert organizations, while also covering all its research, technology and management aspects.

Work Package 1

Innovative forecasting & modelling tools for marine visible and invisible litter pollution

Objectives

  • Collect and control quality of invisible and visible plastic litter data
  • Map major sources of invisible and visible plastic litter pollution
  • Develop and apply predictive transport models for forecasting the distribution of invisible and visible plastic litter
  • Develop and apply a modelling framework to identify main pathways and areas heavily impacted by plastic litters on basin and regional scales
  • Develop a system for the validation of invisible plastic particles using ships of opportunity (FerryBox)

Scope

Work package 1 will develop innovative forecasting tools and models to assess and forecast the distribution of marine plastic litter pollution. Both visible and invisible llitter will be target with a motioning scope on both basin (Mediterranean and Baltic Seas) and regional scales (Saronikos Gulf, Gulf of Lyon, Ligurian and Belt Sea).

Additionally, an innovative method for measurements of invisible particles in Ferrybox (FB) will generate observations for model validation. On the basis of collected data, existing modelling tools will be further developed to simulate the fate of the plastic litter and to identify pathways and accumulation areas.

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Work Package 2

Development of Innovative technologies and processes on prevention and management of on site cleaning and treating of invisible and visible litter

Objectives

  • Develop innovative devices for cleaning and preventing invisible and visible litter
  • Self-cleaning nanotechnology coating to mineralize polymers of invisible litter (microplastic) in wastewater treatments
  • Automated system for visible litter (microlitter) pre-filtration prior to the nanocoating device
  • Floating barriers (booms) preventing visible litter to enter the sea at its source: river mouths
  • Transform waste into a resource by adapting and integrating a small scale (portable) thermal treatment (pyrolyzer) device

Scope

Work package 2 will develop innovative methods, both for prevention and cleaning the sea from invisible and visible litter, transforming waste into a resource by recovering energy from visible litter.

 

Out of the four devices developed here, two incorporate innovative technological methods (self-cleaning photocatalytic nanocoating and small-scale thermal treatment).The proposed technologies stop litter from entering the sea at two source points: civil wastewater plants and river mouths.

 

The devices developed in this WP will be demonstrated in WP3, where efficiency data will be gathered. The potential benefit from up-scaling the proposed methods on ecosystem services will be assessed in WP4. The socioeconomic and environmental impacts, as well as the cost-effectiveness of all proposed methods to reduce cleaning up/restoration costs will be assessed together in WP4 and WP5.

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Work Package 3

Validation and demonstration of innovative cost-effective cleaning devices, energy recovery and monitoring devices for visible and invisible litter pollution

Objectives

  • Overview of existing methods for managing plastic litter and related guidelines and regulations
  • Baseline environmental and microlitter characterization of the key study areas
  • Demonstration in field conditions of the innovative prototype litter cleaning devices

Scope

Work package 3 is tasked to demonstrate the efficacy of the CLAIM-developed litter cleaning devices and microplastics measurement system in real environmental conditions:

  • waste water treatment plants for the cleaning nanocoating prototype
  • ADR vessel and port facilities for visible litter thermal treatment device (pyrolizer)
  • rivers mouth for floating booms (macro-litter collectors)
  • Ferry lines for Ferryboxes (FBs) measurement system

Data from Ferrybox field demonstration will feed the data depository for the validation of forecasting models in WP1, while cleaning efficiency data will be used to evaluate the benefit from up-scaling the developed cleaning methods on the marine ecosystem in WP4.

Additional field data samples of plastic in water and seafood, will be collected in the key study areas to be used for model initialisation and validation in WP1 and also to understand the visible and invisible litter impact on specific ecosystem services (commercial fisheries and aquaculture) that will be investigated in WP4.

Clearly, this WP will be in close collaboration with WP2 in order to validate the cleaning efficiency and the cost-effective performance of the developed devices. In addition, a close collaboration with WP4 and WP5 and WP6 will be set with data collection involving local fishermen and aquaculture associations important for the dissemination, communication and outreach activities in WP6.

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Work Package 4

Fostering an ecosystem approach

Objectives

  • Review and summarize the mode and impact of visible and invisible plastic pollution on organism vital rates and habitat quality
  • Identify ecosystem services under threat from visible and invisible plastic pollution in the Baltic and Mediterranean
  • Apply forecasting and modelling tools to identify areas where the proposed intervention will impact upon visible and invisible plastic pollution
  • Assess the mitigation potential of developed and demonstrated plastic reduction technologies on the ecosystem services of the Baltic and Mediterranean
  • Identify where mitigation due to CLAIM technologies is likely to be most effective in ecological and economic terms

Scope

Following an ecosystem approach, Work package 4 will apply the forecasting and modelling tools developed in WP1 to identify areas, where the proposed intervention have the greatest potential to limit the impacts of plastic pollution on ecosystem services. In particular, the approaches demonstrated will be assessed for their ability to limit the impact of visible and invisible plastic pollution on the ecological services, stemming from commercial fish stocks, aquaculture facilities and biodiversity hotspots, as well as recreational areas in the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas. Furthermore, activities will identify areas and services under threat from visible and invisible plastic pollution as well as assess the degree of threat they are experiencing at present as well as past and future impacts.

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Work Package 5

Economic feasibility, social acceptance and enabling institutional framework to encourage the uptake & upscaling of innovative marine litter reduction technologies

Objectives

  • Estimate the cost-effectiveness of alternative marine litter reduction technologies
  • Identify drivers and barriers behind current legal and policy frameworks
  • Examine stakeholder acceptance and public preferences for alternative marine litter reduction technologies
  • Design novel business model and assess the economic feasibility of upscaling innovative marine litter reduction technologies in CLAIM countries
  • Synthesis and integrated assessment of the environmental, social and economic impacts of the new technologies

Scope

Work package 5 will work to identify the most promising business cases for which viable business models including appropriate financing concepts and assess the integrated impacts of these technologies for upscaling purposes. Analyses of the legal and policy framework necessary to ensure the uptake and upscaling of innovative marine litter pollution control, mitigation and removal technologies in the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea will be used as a basis to gauge stakeholder acceptance of these technologies. In addition, WP5 will foster the exploitation of the CLAIM project results considering the value proposition of the devices and solutions obtained.

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Work Package 6

Dissemination and outreach

Objectives

  • Create and maintain the project branding products, promotional materials, website, social network profiles, internal communication platform and online libraries
  • Manage project foreground knowledge for optimum synergies between full disclosure and Open Innovation, and restricted disclosure for commercial exploitation
  • Engage local stakeholders through locally-relevant demonstratios of technical solutions developed in WP3 & 5 towards co-creation of socially and economically acceptable solutions;
  • Deliver lessons learned to policy platforms to inform policy formulation towards reduction of plastic pollutants and debris
  • Communicate success stories and challenges to raise awareness and stimulate debate on impacts and management of plastic pollutants and debris
  • Develop data management plan, data management platform and facilitate publication and dissemination of project’s data

Scope

Work package 6 has the challenge to “translate” the CLAIM findings and will present this information in an attractive, user-friendly format meaningful and targeted for the needs of each stakeholder group. The aim is to increase awareness and acceptance within civil society of the importance of healthy oceans and seas, freed from litter and pollutants. Key messages will convey the importance of progress towards reducing pollution and debris (macro, micro and nano) in regional sea basins and beyond towards restoring marine ecosystems. Each CLAIM WP will work closely with the dissemination team to provide results and ensure that every step of project is communicated, stakeholders are engaged from the outset and their expectations are managed throughout the project’s duration.

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Work Package 7

Coordination and project management

Objectives

  • Carry out a smooth and efficient financial and administrative management of CLAIM;
  • Ensure coordination of financial and contractual obligations of the 19 partners;
  • Ensure research objectives are achieved according to work plan on time & on budget;
  • Ensure the required technical and scientific quality of the CLAIM project results;
  • Monitor for potential conflicts, mitigate risks and report progress to the Commission;
  • Link CLAIM to other international and national research projects;
  • Promote CLAIM results to the regional policy-makers (in close collaboration with WP6)

Scope

Work package 7 will provide effective and comprehensive project coordination and management of the CLAIM project bringing all different parts together towards a common goal. The project will be managed by the Coordination Management Group (CMG) and the Steering Group (SG), decisions will be ratified by the Project Assembly (PA). An external Advisory Panel (AP) will advise and bring external expertise to the project. The Coordinator together with the Project Manager will interact with WP leaders and project partners to ensure adherence to the work plan, manage risks and will communicate minutes of any decisions.

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