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Assignment Meuse River- the organisations Wasserverband Eifel-Rur & Clean Rivers

In this assignment you will answer four open questions and two multiple-choice questions after you have watched two interview videos. Underneath each question you see an answerbox. Within this box you will write your answer. When you have done this you go to the following question and do the same.

When you arrived at the last question & answer, you click on the box: Finish
At this moment you will see which answers are correct. Besides seeing which answer is correct of the multiple-choice questions, you also see the general feedback for the open questions.

Actors active in the LIVES project that aims to reduce the plastic litter in the Meuse River face different challenges and opportunities. In this assignment we will focus on two actors: the governmental organisation Wasserverband Eifel-Rur and the NGO organisation Clean Rivers. 

First watch the interview video of Kerstin Kamp of the waterboard of the region Eifel-Rur to answer question 1 & 2. 

See the video:   Plastic Litter governance – Wasserverband Eifel-Rur 

Than watch the interview with Winnie de Winter from the NOG collaboration Clean Riversto answer question 3 & 4.

See the video:   Plastic Litter governance – Clean Rivers

And to answer the last two questions, compare the two different organisations, the governmental waterboard Eifel-Rur and the non-governmental organisation Clean Rivers.

Based on this videos, answer the following questions:

Results

#1. 1. Who does Kerstin Kamp see as responsible for plastic litter and how does her organisation take Wasserverband Eifel-Rur its responsibility for the plastic litter problem?

Multiple answers are correct, example answer:

Kerstin Kamp explains there is not a legal arrangements that makes clear who is responsible for plastic litter in the Meuse River. It is an international problem, for which collaboration necessary is over the borders. At the moment each country has its own regulations on how to deal with the litter issue in the Meuse river and its connected streams in their own country. Wasserverband Eifel-Rur takes its responsibility for the litter in the water area of the Eifel-Rur and collaborates in the LIVES project to support the international collaboration.

#2. 2. Which approach is most leading for the waterboard Eifel-Rur: ? (more options possible)

Select all that apply:

The correct answers are B & C

The most leading approach is improve waste management for the waterboard Eifel-Rur, furthermore clean-up is also an important perspective. In the interview Kerstin Kamp of the waterboard Eifel-Rur gives examples of informing the public on the waste issue in order to prevent litter ending up in the water and examples of clean-up actions to remove litter from the area.

 

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#3. 3. Who does Winnie de Winter see as responsible for plastic litter and how does her organisation Clean Rivers take its responsibility for the plastic litter problem?

Multiple answers are correct, example answer:

Winnie de Winter explains everybody is responsible for plastic litter. However, to find solutions the government should take its responsibility. For example by including plastic in the European Water directive (in Dutch ‘Kaderrichtlijn water’) that regulates the water quality and indicates the level of acceptable contaminations. At the moment plastic is not included as contamination. Furthermore businesses could take their responsibility to produce a minimal amount of plastic, specifically single use plastic
Clean Rivers take their responsibility through the monitoring of the amount of litter on the shores of rivers, coordinating clean-up actions and lobby for the reduction of plastic production and use.

#4. 4. Which approach is most leading for the organisation Clean Rivers: ? (more options possible)

Select all that apply:

All the answers are correct! 

The organisation Clean Rivers aims to combine multiple approaches. In her examples Winnie the Winter mentions the reduction of single-use plastic, which is part of the perspective of ‘Get rid of plastic’. The example of collecting small plastic bottles can be seen as an example to ‘improve waste management’, as this supports the recycling of the plastic. Furthermore she highlights the activities of clean-up actions and monitoring of the amount of plastic which is in line with the perspective of ‘Clean-up’.

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#5. 5. What are for you the most important similarities between the two organisations in relation to plastic litter reduction?

Multiple answers are correct, example answer:

Both organisations share the aim to reduce plastic litter in the Meuse River. However their activities are different as their type of organisation plays a different role in the governance of the issue. The waterboard is more focused on its responsibility of the water in its own area, whereas Clean Rivers aims to change the way society deals with plastic products and with the monitoring providing argumentations actions to reduce plastic litter are required.

#6. 6. What is a shared challenge for both organisations in their response to the issue of plastic litter in the Meuse River?

Multiple answers are correct, example answer:

Also for these organisations the shared challenge is the international character of the plastic litter issue and the divers sources of plastic litter, making it hard to trace back where the litter comes from.

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