The Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP), hosted a workshop on supporting outreach and education to raise awareness about marine litter while providing communities with the knowledge and capacity to implement best practices to mitigate the pollution of our sea. The Best Practice workshop was held today brought together stakeholders from public and private enterprises to learn and share ideas on how to offset the damage done by marine litter. Love News spoke to the Senior Scientist for the Center for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science, Paul Whomersley about the goals of the program.
Paul Whomersley – Senior Scientist, CEFAS: “The Clip Program is the Coming of Litter Program so just abbreviated to CLIP. We are trying to get the program running in different areas so the Pacific and then sort of the Caribbean. Belize has demonstrated that it is quite nicely along the way to going through recycling so that is to come up with some best practices and see how we can help to develop things a little bit more.”
Jose Sanchez: “What have you done in other countries? Or how has the program progressed after your initial workshop?”
Paul Whomersley – Senior Scientist, CEFAS: “So the idea is to come up with a best practice or an action plan. At the end of the time in Belize after, all these meetings and stakeholder engagements the idea will be to come up with an action plan that helps deal with and manage the litter moving forward. From the workshop today we have been trying to find out how people think certain types of litter are managed whether it be glass bottles, plastic bottles, plastic bags or bottle caps. The idea then is to get all these ideas together and come up with an action plan. As we get these action plans from the different countries it is to start sharing best practices. If we find something that works really well in Belize and move maybe to the next country which is South Africa we can start transferring knowledge between countries so hopefully the program will provide best practice across the Commonwealth. The program is mainly focused on litter at the moment but as these best practices sort of start to be developed you can’t just look at one activity in isolation. Things will start to be brought together and at the moment the CLIP Program, the litter is the focus but as the best practices develop little things have to feed in because she will be dealing with him probably at the same time you are in marine litter.”
The best practices workshop was hosted by the British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) in their Range Control building at Price Barracks in Ladyville.