The INDICIT project comprises 5 Activities, sub-divided into several tasks.

Activity 1: Management and coordination

The objective is to ensure the proper coordination of the project in order to respect the objectives, the time frame and the budget. This activity is led by CNRS EPHE  in Montpellier (France) and involves all the members of the INDICIT Consortium (MNHN , ISPRA, CNR-IAMC, HCMR, UVEG, ULPGC, PAU-DEKAMER, FRCT and INSTM)

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The activity 1 concerns the management and coordination of the INDICIT project, which is divided into 2 tasks:

Task 1.1: Technical coordination of the project (coordination of the partners’ common work)

Task 1.2: Administrative, legal and financial management of the project

The Activity 1 leader is supported by the 4 other Activity leaders who are responsible for the coordination of the work in his/her Activity and with whom monthly or bi-monthly video-conferences are organized in order to discuss of the activity progress. Meetings of all the INDICIT participants are also planned twice a year by the project partners (see agenda). These meetings provide the opportunity to discuss the project progress and its next steps. The INDICIT partners can refer to INDICIT External Advisory Board, which includes relevant representatives of the RSCs and of Member States’ national administrations, as well as scientific experts.

The Steering Committee, which is chaired by the Project Coordinator and composed of 1 voting representative per participating organization, is required to adopt decisions about the project supervision and any strategic issue.

Activity 2: Scientific Knowledge

This activity “ Acquiring scientific knowledge to develop the indicators of litter impact” is led by CNRS EPHE  in Montpellier (France). This activity involves all the members of the INDICIT Consortium: MNHN , ISPRA, CNR-IAMC, HCMR, UVEG, ULPGC, PAU-DEKAMER, FRCT and INSTM.

Based on literature review and statistical approaches, this activity aims at filling the gaps of knowledge necessary to reach the project objectives.

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This Activity consists in :

  • synthetizing existing knowledge about the impact of litter on marine organisms;
  • examining the feasibility of new possible indicators;
  • working on standardized monitoring procedures;
  • building databases for the data collected in the framework of Activity 3 and Activity 4;
  • analysing the data in order to propose and co-decide how the selected indicator(s) should be used (indicators criteria) and to assess the Good Environmental Status

The Activity 2 is divided in 6 tasks:

Task 2.1: Studying the states-of-the-art on 3 possible indicators (Indicator 1: “Macro-debris ingested by sea turtle””, Indicator 2: “Entanglement with debris by marine biota (cetaceans, fishes, birds, turtles)”, Indicator 3: “Micro-debris ingested by fish/other biota”)

Task 2.2: Assessing the potential implementation the indicators 2 and 3 (pilot studies)

Task 2.3: Proposing standard monitoring procedures for Indicator 3 (network functioning, protocols, data transfer)

Task 2.4: Establishing common databases to gather knowledge

Task 2.5: Evaluating target values (Good Environmental Status) and each involved country’s distance to these values and determine Indicator 1 criteria (biological constraints, spatial scale, sampling size, etc.)

Task 2.6: Evaluating the influence of practical restoration measures implemented in pilot areas on the distance to target values

Activity 3: Implementation of the indicator of litter ingestion in the RSC OSPAR/ Macaronesia

This Activity “Implementation of the indicator of litter ingestion in the RSC OSPAR/ Macaronesia” is led by ULPGC (Spain). The Activity 3 involves all the partners belonging to countries situated in the Northeast Atlantic and more specifically to the OSPAR Regional Sea Convention: MNHN, CNRS, UVEG and FRCT.

Activity 3 focuses on “debris ingested by sea turtles“ indicator and pretends:

  • creating technical tools
  • training staff
  • gathering standardized data
  • proposing and co-deciding Indicator criteria and target values
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The Activity 3 is divided in 5 tasks:

Task 3.1: Networking with local stakeholders to be mobilized in France, Spain and Portugal

Task 3.2: Harmonizing the protocol and local training

Task 3.3: Sharing data in common databases

Task 3.4: Collection of new data (for example on sea turtles’ movements, habitat use, health, ect.)

Task 3.5: Validation and implementation of the target values (Good Environmental Status)

Activity 4: Implementation of the indicator in UNEP/MAP –EcAp

The activity 4 “Implementation of the indicator of litter ingestion in UNEP/MAP –EcAp process (Barcelona Convention)” is led by ISPRA in Roma (Italy), and it focuses on “debris ingested by sea turtles” indicator in the Mediterranean sea (Barcelona Convention).

The Activity 4 involves all the partners belonging to countries situated in the Mediterranean side and more specifically to the Barcelona Convention: CNRS, MNHN , ISPRA, CNR-IAMC, HCMR, UVEG, PAU-DEKAMER, FRCT and INSTM

Activity 4 focuses on the “debris ingested by sea turtles“ indicator and pretends:

  • creating technical tools
  • training staff
  • gathering standardized data
  • proposing and co-deciding Indicator criteria and target values
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The Activity 4 is divided in 5 tasks:

Task 4.1: Networking with local stakeholders to be mobilized in France, Spain and Portugal

Task 4.2: Harmonizing the protocol and local training

Task 4.3: Sharing data in common databases

Task 4.4: Collection of new data (for example on sea turtles’ movements, habitat use, healh, ect.)

Task 4.5: Validation and implementation of the target values (Good Environmental Status)

Activity 5: Communication, dissemination and outreach

This task is led by the MNHN in Paris (France) and consists in:

  • sharing and publishing information’s about the project, its progress and results, in order to improve citizen awareness about the impact of debris on marine wildlife and the monitoring;
  • disseminating as widely as possible the tools (guidelines, procedures and videos, created by INDICIT partners, in order to reach a better monitoring coherence throughout Europe and the Mediterranean.