The West African
03/07/2020 - 11/10/2020
17 500 km
The international expedition team from Imperial College London will travel along the western coast of Africa, through 21 countries, from Morocco to South Africa. The team will collect a variety of data on macro and micro plastics at regular intervals.
All of the data collected will be published in an opensource database which can be used by PhD's and research groups world wide.
Publishing the largest open source database on African coastal plastic pollution can act as an informed starting point for informing policy on plastic pollution. The plastic issue not only has an obvious direct impact on humans and pristine environments, but also the species that live in them too. Furthermore local coastal communities in Africa rely on marine resources for subsistence and as a means of generating incomes. Therefore, it is critical that the magnitude of the plastic issue is addressed to call for appropriate action from various stakeholders.
The Plastic crisis
The ocean plastic crisis is effecting the oceans globally. There is a lot of research being done in the Atlantic and around Asia, Europe and the US, but very little data on plastic pollution in western Africa. Globally:
Expedition in numbers
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