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Race for Water participates in the 6th International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC)

13.03.2018 Foundation

Whilst the Race for Water catamaran was making landfall in Lima for the 7th stopover in the Race for Water Odyssey, the eponymous foundation participated in the 6th International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC), which was held in San Diego from 12 to 16 March. This conference was organised by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United Nations’ Environment Programme (UN Environment).

Kim Van Arkel, scientific advisor : “With its 700 participants, including numerous experts and over 400 oral presentations grouped together amidst 74 technical sessions and 170 posters, there was plenty to share around at the 6IMDC, from the present state of knowledge to the latest scientific discoveries and the initiatives underway, to the emerging innovations linked to the marine debris issue.

We met up with numerous protagonists there who we’d met during our first Race for Water Odyssey in 2015 and it also proved to be a great opportunity to meet some new people and set up potential collaborations for the future, notably including some scientific missions aboard the Race for Water vessel during its next stopovers between 2018 and 2021.

During the latter event, we also opened the debate about existing small-scale local solutions, with a “Plastic Waste as an energy resource” session, which was dedicated specially to us on 15 March to present our “Plastic Waste to Energy” project and the progress we’ve made with it. We also invited Doug Woodring from the Ocean Recovery Alliance, Lark Starkey from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Evan Ridley from the University of Rhode Island to present their respective projects.


Following this conference, a special issue will be published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, a renowned scientific journal, which will present the main points tackled during this 6IMDC conference. Future activities in collaboration with UN Environment are in the pipeline, with a series of days dedicated to plastic pollution during Earth Day, World Environment Day and World Oceans Day on 22 April, 5 June and 8 June 2018.”