Special Issue on Curbing The Inexorable Rising On Marine Litter
• 大类 : 环境科学与生态学 - 3区
• 小类 : 海洋学 - 3区
• 小类 : 水资源 - 3区
Marine litter can be defined as all persistent, manufactured, or processed solid material disposed of, or abandoned over coastal and marine environments (Tudor and Williams, 2018). Marine litter is currently an issue that affects all coastal areas and sea floors worldwide. Its impact is of global significance and awareness of the threats posed by marine litter to humans and the environment has been recognized for around 60 years (Ryan, 2015).
Currently, marine litter generation, especially the plastic issue, is a problem that has grown out of hand. Its cost to society and environments are immeasurable and irreversible. Its impact encompasses local, regional, national and global scales and includes adverse effects on human health, aesthetic quality, economy, public perceptions and biologic interactions.
Marine litter management is one aspect of overall Ocean and coastal management, and usually follows the objective of informed involvement and cooperation of all stakeholders to assess the societal goals in a given area and to take actions to meet specific objectives. It should be based on strategies to eliminate or at least reduce the source input. If marine litter can be adequately reduced, reused and recycled, the chance of it entering into the marine environment can be substantially abated.
Many coastal and marine areas are facing chronic marine litter issues requiring adequate management strategies. Any management strategy must be the optimal alternative to address marine litter issues at different levels. This Special Issue introduces works related to the implementation of management strategies to curbing the inexorable rising on marine litter in order to:
- Identify significant marine litter issues.
- Develop an understanding of the underlying processes contributing to rising on marine litter.
- Develop and evaluate options for marine litter management.
- Facilitate community input on marine litter issues.
- Assist planning for the delivery of marine litter management options.
Articles from all relevant disciplines within marine litter management topic are invited, but it is important to highlight that all contributions must make clear the explicit link between fundamental concepts and the improvement of management practice. Comparative studies (e.g., sub-national, cross-national, to other policy areas) are encouraged, as are studies assessing current management approaches. Articles involving analytical approaches, development of theory, and improvement of management practice are especially welcome.
Examples of topics covered by this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Methodological approaches in the litter management practice.
- Marine litter management practices.
- Success and pitfalls in marine litter management.
- New alternatives for marine litter management.
- Policies involved in marine litter management issues.
- Coastal management plans that are focusing on marine litter issues.