International Summit on Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution is accumulating at an alarming rate with plastic waste into aquatic ecosystems on track to nearly triple by 2040 if action is not taken to control plastic emissions from source to sea.

The Global Council for Science and Environment (GCSE), the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States, and Long Island University hosted an international summit focused on advancing ongoing plastic pollution research focused on bilateral collaboration co-led by a cohort of French and American scientists from GCSE and the French Embassy Office of Science and Technology. The summit explored how the most current science can support and inform decision-making and policy at all levels of government and across sectors to support the anticipated compliance requirements to be set following the recently passed End Plastic Pollution resolution during the UN Environment Assembly in early March. 

The summit featured distinguished scholars and leaders committed to curbing plastic pollution on local, national and global levels.  Please read the full summit vision and context


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French American Research Cohort No. 1: Monitoring methods and surveying techniques for plastic pollution

Application of OSPAR Litter Assessment Guidelines to U.S. Southeast Atlantic Coast Beaches: Enhancing Comparability to French Datasets

French American Research Cohort No. 2: Assessment of legal and regulatory aspects of plastic pollution

French American Comparative Law on Plastic Pollution


To find out more about the French American Research Cohort, please click here.


Steering Committee:

  • Alex More, Long Island University
  • Christine Knauss, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • Fabienne LaGarde, Université Le Mans
  • François Galgani, IFREMER
  • Gilles Pinay, CNRS-INEE
  • Guillaume Duflos, National Health Security Agency
  • Mark Benfield, Louisiana State University
  • Martina Knoop, CNRS
  • Matthieu George, University of Montpellier
  • Michelle Wyman, Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE)
  • Peter Snyder, University of Rhode Island
  • Stuart Sandin, University of California, San Diego
  • Stéphane Raud, French Embassy in the US


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