LIFE Blue Lakes Capacity Building Workshop

LIFE Blue Lakes Capacity Building Workshop

Microplastics in Lakes

When?            On the 1 July 2021, 14:00 - 16:30 h CET
Where?           Online via Zoom

The current state of science on the topic of microplastics in water bodies requires further research. This is why seven partner organisations, led by the Italian NGO Legambiente, have launched the EU-Life project "Blue Lakes" on this complex issue.


The LIFE Blue Lakes project contributes to the reduction of microplastics in lakes in Europe. The increasing contamination with microplastics has long-lasting negative effects on lake ecosystems and their unique biodiversity. The measures are implemented exemplarily at Italian and German lakes. Results and experiences will be made available to organisations at other lakes in Europe that are engaged in lake protection.

The measures are aimed at local authorities, businesses, industries and the communities in the lake regions. They include the development of solutions and the introduction of best technological practice in wastewater treatment, the information and sensitisation of citizens about the problem and what everyone can do to prevent or reduce microplastic pollution. Moreover, the project contributes to achieving the objectives of the European strategy for plastics as foreseen in the transition process towards a circular economy.

The event is part of a three-part online seminar series in the framework of the EU-Life project "Blue Lakes" - Microplastics in Lakes. The first online workshop focuses on a general introduction to the problem of microplastics and the Life Blue Lakes project.

Further information on the LIFE Blue Lakes Project is available on the project website:



Programme – LIFE Blue Lakes Capacity Building Workshop


Moderation and Welcoming: Udo Gattenlöhner, Global Nature Fund


Plastic waste and plastic litter – A general problem

Nina van Zinnicq Bergmann, International Waste Platform


No Microplastics – Just Waves. The mission of the LIFE Blue Lakes Project

Bettina Schmidt, Global Nature Fund


The Lake Paper – Solution approaches for Communities in Italy and Germany

Fabrizio Soddu, Legambiente


Interactive Session 1 –  Breakout Rooms

Summary interactive sessions 1


Why do we need a Standard Monitoring Protocol for microplastic pollution in lakes?

Maria Sighicelli, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) and Valentina Della Bella, Environmental Protection Agency of Umbria (ARPA UMBRIA)


Do we know occurrence, removal and fate of microplastics in municipal drinking and wastewater treatment plants?

Francesco Fatone, Polytechnical University Marche


Participatory process to involve companies of the outdoor, tyre and cosmetic industry

Dimitri Vedel, Lake Constance Foundation


Improving the existing legal framework at European level through the development of a Lake White Paper

Leonardo Gatta, Central Apennines River Basin District Authority (ABDAC)


Interactive Session 2 –  Breakout Rooms

Summary interactive sessions 2


Closing session. Conclusion and outlook




Global Nature Fund

Bettina Schmidt

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