The Litter Free Rivers and Streams project was completed at the end of January 2022.
On this page you will find all available and public project results of the project partners.
All results of the different workpackages have been summarised in an easy accessible endbrochure. The endbrochure is available in English.
Workpackage 1: Inventory and data sharing
The aim of this workpackage was setting up a multi annual overview of the extent of the plastic litter pollution and distribution in the Meuse basin, sharing data and discussing removal possibilities. This deliverable was executed by Rijkswaterstaat (NL). These are the results of several researches. All researches are preceded by an overlay note.
Overlay Note: WP 1 Synthesis report – Overlay Note
Annex I – Storm Project
Annex I – Storm Project FINAL Report River Litter 2020
Annex II – Cross Border Hotspot Map
Annex II – CB Hotspot Map – Report Hotspot Map
Annex III – Open Acces Data System
Annex III – OADS – 2bprojects l Final Report LOADS
Annex IV – Inventory of Best Practices and Cross Border Dataset
Annex IV – Inventory BP ca – Rapport LIVES Noria
Annex V – Monitoring Water Column
Annex V – Monitor Water Column – 2bprojects Final Report Monitoring plastics litter Meuse
Annex V – Monitor Water Column – APPENDIX 2bprojects Monitoring plastic litter in the Meuse
Annex V – BIJLAGE Database meetgegevens LIVES 20211214
Annex V – BIJLAGE Registratieformulier monitoring zwerfplastics Maas 20211210
Annex V – BIJLAGE Criteria LIVES 20211201
Annex VI – Monitoring Strategy 2022 – 2027
Annex VI – Monitor Strat 22-27 – Deelrapport Tauw LIVES WP1
Workpackage 2: Taking measures
The first aim of workpackage 2 was testing and benchmarking techniques to reduce plastic litter in the Meuse basin. This deliverable was executed by OVAM (B).
Note: The report contains a summary in English, Dutch, German and French. The report is in English
The second aim of workpackage 2 was enabling cross border Cleanup actions in the Meuse region.
Since 2013 the Flemish Regionaal Landschap Kempen & Maasland (RLKLM) and the Dutch Institute for Nature & Environment Education (IVN) bring together municipalities, water & waste management institutes and terrain owners to coordinate cleanup actions with volunteers on their respective sides of the Meuse. Normally most cleanups take place in March and April when the winter water levels have lowered and lots of debris has been washed up on the banks of the river and at the end of the recreation season in September. Cleanups during summer and birding season are not recommended. Organizing cleanups with existing volunteering groups coordinated by NGOs is very efficient.
During our project we have noticed a general shift in attitude to plastic litter and more awareness raising around the issue. The number of volunteers involved in cleaning up nature and riverbanks has grown steadily, and municipalities are more inclined to facilitate the work of volunteers. Unfortunately, the amount of waste found during cleanups does not lessen.
In this Dutch document you learn more about the results of Schone Maas 2020-2021 which was cofinanced by the LIVES project through the Province of Limburg.
Workpackage 3: Institutional arrangements
The aim of this workpackage was achieving crossborder institutional arrangements on prevention, removal and sensibilisation. This resulted in a joint statement for a clean Meuse, to which partners commit.