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Sources, Fate and Effects of Microplastics in the Marine Environment: A Global Assessment

dc.contributor.authorJoint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP)
dc.coverage.spatialGlobal
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-11T20:14:07Z
dc.date.available2016-10-11T20:14:07Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11822/9545
dc.descriptionThe GESAMP assessment focuses on a category of plastic debris termed ‘microplastics’. These small pieces of plastic may enter the ocean as such, or may result from the fragmentation of larger items through the influence of UV radiation. Section 1 provides an introduction to the problem of microplastics in the marine environment, and the rationale for the assessment. The principal purpose of the assessment is to provide an improved evidence base, to support policy and management decisions on measures that might be adopted to reduce the input of microplastics to the oceans. The GESAMP assessment can be considered as contributing to a more formal Assessment Framework, such as the Driver-Pressure-State-Impact- Response (DPSIR) Assessment Framework, which is introduced in Section 2.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherInternational Maritime Organization (IMO)
dc.rightsPublicen_US
dc.subjectmicroplastics
dc.subjectenvironmental assessment
dc.subjectnatural resource
dc.subjectnatural resource conservation
dc.subjectsustainable development
dc.subjectland
dc.subjectland management and planning
dc.subjectland development
dc.subjectland pollution
dc.subjectland use
dc.subjectland conservation
dc.subjectecosystem
dc.subjectmanagement of natural resources
dc.subjectcoast protection
dc.subjectcoastal area
dc.subjectcoastal ecosystem
dc.subjectcoastal environment
dc.subjectcoastal pollution
dc.subjectcoastal water
dc.subjectmarine conservation area
dc.subjectmarine ecosystem
dc.subjectmarine fauna
dc.subjectmarine environment
dc.subjectmarine pollution
dc.subjectland-based marine pollution
dc.subjectsea resource
dc.subjectsea water protection
dc.subjectenvironmental management
dc.subjectwaste analysis
dc.subjectwaste collection
dc.subjectwaste treatment
dc.subjectwaste disposal
dc.subjectwaste dumping
dc.subjectwaste legislation
dc.subjectwaste management
dc.subjectwaste prevention
dc.subjectwaste recycling
dc.subject.classificationHarmful Substances
dc.subject.classificationEcosystem Management
dc.subject.classificationEnvironment Under Review
dc.titleSources, Fate and Effects of Microplastics in the Marine Environment: A Global Assessment
dc.typeReports and Books
wd.identifier.old-id11649
wd.identifier.uneplive1
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 14 - Life Below Water
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
wd.identifier.sdgiohttp://purl.unep.org/sdg/SDGIO_00000048
wd.identifier.sdgiohttp://purl.unep.org/sdg/SDGIO_00000037


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