Marine Litter MOOC

  • Course CodeUNEP-OUNL-ML15

  • TermOctober 2015

  • Start DateOct 26 2015

  • End DateFeb 1 2016

  • Duration14 weeks

  • Course Author(s)
    Ansje Löhr, Heidi Savelli, Ad Ragas, Marco Kalz, Raoul Beunen, Frank van Belleghem, Carolien Kroeze, Charlotte Verburg, Dave Huitema, Bernardo Tabuenca

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Course Summary

Marine litter is a global problem that affects every ocean of the world. Litter is an environmental, human health and socio-economic problem that is a symptom of a highly disposable society. With worldwide growth in the amount of solid litter thrown away every day and slow rates of degradation, the amount of litter present in the marine environment is increasing. This course seeks to inspire students to take action and leadership in the arena of marine litter through stimulating interaction with all stakeholder groups.


The MOOC on marine litter strives to teach students through action oriented learning how they can apply successful and inspiring activities to their own local context, regardless of their profession or location. The course will present different options and tools to combat marine pollution such as the use of effective and legitimate tools like the Honolulu Strategy.


The course will provide examples and case studies that will inspire leadership at all levels, thereby increasing awareness of and stimulating creative solutions to marine litter problems. Moreover, this course will benefit policymakers, practitioners, and managers who wish to connect with other professionals in order to enhance their knowledge of marine litter issues.

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