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Today is the launch of the open science platform MICRO: plastic pollution from MACRO to nano; along with the publication of the conference proceedings from the most recent edition of the MICRO conference on plastic pollution, MICRO 2020. Every two years, the international MICRO conference brings together the scientific community, under the patronage of UNESCO.
 

Launch of the MICRO open science platform and the MICRO 2020 conference proceedings

ImatgeIncreasing plastic pollution is a global threat affecting all areas of the planet and society as a whole. More and more efforts are devoted to better understanding the challenges of plastic pollution and mitigating its consequences. Biosphere Reserves are getting involved, too. As we mark the 50th anniversary of UNESCO's MAB Programme, we recognize that during these 50 years Biosphere Reserves have a demonstrated history of joining national and international initiatives to address global change by promoting and protecting sustainable ways of living, a goal shared by the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Today is the launch of the open science platform MICRO: plastic pollution from MACRO to nano; along with the publication of the conference proceedings from the most recent edition of the MICRO conference on plastic pollution, MICRO 2020. The proceedings book contains abstracts from nearly 500 presentations given at the conference, representing the work of more than 2000 authors. Every two years, the international MICRO conference brings together the scientific community, under the patronage of UNESCO. The proceedings book can be downloaded here: https://www.micro.infini.fr/IMG/pdf/micro2020proceedingsbook.pdf


During the first edition of the conference, held in the Lanzarote Biosphere Reserve in 2016, the commitment of the research community to Biosphere Reserves was laid out in the Lanzarote Declaration. For the 2020 edition of the conference, the pandemic conditions reinforced the commitment to foster an open science process with a lower carbon footprint. The confinement conditions in many of the participating countries inspired the two organising networks, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves and the Marine Sciences For Society research network, to propose a virtual format with an enormous editorial effort, resulting in the publication presented today: MICRO 2020, Fate and Impact of Microplastics: Knowledge and Responsibilities. These 999 pages of open access science distill the efforts of Biosphere Reserves and the scientific community, based on the principles of collaboration and common good, to establish a robust diagnosis and define actions to protect, conserve and restore the biosphere as a whole.

With the 2022 edition of the conference on the horizon, we thank all the people and institutions involved in the process for their efforts and participation, hoping that greater knowledge and shared tools will contribute to transforming the production and consumption patterns of society and industry in order to eliminate plastic pollution and prioritise Biosphere health, Our health.

For more information: zero.plastic@islandbiosphere.org

 

 
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