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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Spain 2016
It is important to know the sources of marine litter and involve society in a better understanding for its elimination and biodiversity protection. Cleaning initiatives are important but it is also necessary to characterize the waste in order to identify its origin and the locations in which it tends to accumulate. The existing data about marine litter are insufficient despite the existence of beach cleaning activities. The collected marine litter is not characterized and no standardized method is used to provide verifiable data. This project created the mobile application Marnoba which is a simple tool to achieve these goals through new communication technologies. It can be downloaded for free and data on marine litter can be entered by ordinary citizens. From 2013 until 2015, data on marine litter on more than 100 beaches have been obtained through voluntary clean up actions. The entered data have been analyzed by the expert team of the Zero Discharge Association and are part of the monitoring program of marine debris Spanish Ministry of Environment.
Large amounts of waste are abandoned in the environment, destroying the beauty of the places and causing problems to animals. Cleaning initiatives are important but it is also necessary to characterize the waste in order to identify its origin and the locations in which it tends to accumulate. The existing data about marine litter are insufficient despite the existence of beach cleaning activities. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Spain created a mobile application in order to allow people to share data about the appearance of waste. Congratulations to your initiative!