10.01.2014

The United Nations Environment Programme will integrate Oceaneye’s results into its data base

We are proud to inform you that Oceaneye will supply its data concerning the evaluation of micro- and mesoplastic pollution to the "Global Resource Information Database" (GRID) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This center manages the georeferenced environmental data of United Nations and proposes accessible and understandable information for decision-making.

Dr Pascal Peduzzi of the UNEP: "We are happy to integrate Oceaneye’s data concerning microplastic pollution. It is indeed a first because we have for the moment no data of this kind and we need them. THE UNEP / GRID-Geneva will collaborate with Oceaneye to invite other organizations working on the plastic pollution to give their data, in order to cover the largest possible part of the world according to the existing knowledge."

Pascal Hagmann, Oceaneye: "It is a very good news for our organization and all the people that participate to the project Oceaneye. This will ensure the existence of our results in a 4D database (latitude, longitude, depth and time) managed by specialists of an important international organization and will especially serve to inform decision-makers of the current level of this pollution. The data managed by the UNEP / GRID are also accessible free of charge to all. This guarantees a wide distribution of our data.

We invite all other organizations and scientists to do the same. It is a unique opportunity to group data on this subject, to share them, to compare them and to propose new conclusions at a more global scale. Furthermore, such an approach defends directly the cause of the pollution of seas because the GRID supplies information for the decision-makers. We thus hope to have a strong impact on the limitation of the scattering of plastics at sea.

We are at the disposal of the UNEP to help them to set up a procedure of data standardization and to supply them our contacts to set up a database on the plastic pollution as vast as possible."