Life Blue Lakes Partner Event EU Green Week

Online-Seminar on Microplastics in Lakes –
The LIFE Blue Lakes Project

Partner Event within the EU Green Week 2022

The event took place on 30th May 2022 via Zoom

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What are microplastics? Where do they come from? How do they end up in lakes? Can these particles be filtered by waste water treatment plants? Are there standard monitoring methods? What can we do to reduce microplastic pollution? The seminar planned within the framework of the EU LIFE Blue Lakes Project seeks to provide answers to these questions.


In the LIFE Blue Lakes project, seven project partners from Italy and Germany, led by the Italian NGO Legambiente, are striving to reduce microplastic pollution in lakes. A special focus of the project is to raise awareness among consumers in order to reduce the consumption of plastic and microplastics in everyday life. Furthermore, concrete recommendations for action for municipalities are compiled in a lake paper and a dialogue with relevant economic sectors is conducted. Methods for monitoring microplastics and more efficient technologies for filtering microplastics in wastewater treatment plants will be developed and a broad knowledge transfer to relevant experts will be ensured. Further information on LIFE Blue Lakes is available on the project website:


EU Green Week 2022 – 30 May to 5 June 2022.

EU Green Week is an annual opportunity to debate European environmental policy with policymakers, leading environmentalists and stakeholders from Europe and beyond. This year's edition focuses on the European Green Deal - the EU’s sustainable and transformative growth strategy for a resource-efficient and climate-neutral Europe by 2050.

Further information on the EU Green Week 2022 is available at:


Programme – LIFE Blue Lakes Seminar – EU Green Week Partner Event


Moderation and Welcoming

Udo Gattenlöhner, Global Nature Fund


No microplastics, just waves – The LIFE Blue Lakes project

Elisa Scocchera, Legambiente, Italy


The Lake Paper – Recommendations for communities in Italy and Germany

Chiara Braschi, Legambiente, Italy


A standard monitoring protocol for microplastic pollution in lakes

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


Microplastics in municipal drinking and wastewater treatment plants

Prof. Francesco Fatone, Polytechnic University Marche, Italy


Involve businesses, NGOs and people to actively engage in the prevention of microplastics

Bettina Schmidt, Global Nature Fund, Germany


Q&A and discussion

Closing session



End of event


Contact persons


Bettina Schmidt

Global Nature Fund


Further supporters of the project activities in Germany: