On this page the education material connected to the LIVES project will be available in 2021, consisting of 5 modules:
Module 1: Sources and Entry Paths
This module introduces the topic of litter, beginning with the associated definitions of (plastic) litter, macro- and microplastic. Based on this, the sources for river litter with differentiation to the resulting entry paths are discussed including numerous examples and regional reference to the Meuse river system.
Module 2: Transport Paths and Sinks
This module compares litter concentrations in the aquatic environment all around the world and shows the path of plastic litter from its sources to possible sinks. A special focus lies on transport and concentrations in rivers, using the Meuse as an example. Additionally, common misunderstandings regarding plastic litter are addressed.
Module 3: Litter Traps and Clean Ups
This module shows how to get rid of litter in waterways, once it entered. Different kind of litter traps will be discussed in relation with river and embankment characteristics. When litter nevertheless disfigures the environment of a waterway cleanup actions will be useful. This modules shows some initiatives for the lay-out of cleanup actions and ways of organizing them.
Module 4: Policy reactions: cross-border Similarities and Difficulties
This module introduces you to the brought range of policy reactions towards plastic litter in rivers. You will explore the differences and similarities in the policy settings in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands on the issue of macroplastic. In this module the focus will be on the challenges and opportunities of the different stakeholders that together share the responsibility for a clean Meuse.
Module 5: Monitoring
This module will give you an introduction to monitoring (riverine) litter and why it is important to assess litter. It will introduce you to the different methods that are used and how to find out what kind of monitoring you could do. We will give some examples focusing on the river Meuse including the citizen science project of “Schone rivieren” (Clean rivers).