From Research to Solutions
Schone Rivieren or Clean Rivers, is a special project run by IVN, Stichting De Noordzee (the North Sea Foundation) and the Plastic Soup Foundation. Our shared goal is to stop the flow of plastic in rivers at its source. To do this, we need to understand the quantity, composition, and origins of said plastic. Only then, we can approach the polluters and encourage them to take responsibility.
We need knowledge to solve the problem. That’s why we have set up a research programme that uses ‘citizen science’: it involves volunteers who collect litter from riverbanks. After its collection, the litter is counted and divided into categories. This process broadens the reach of scientific research greatly and generates information that helps us find solutions. The citizen science programme started in 2017 and will last five years. At the moment, there are already a couple hundred volunteers trained to assess the waste collected. Each of these volunteers monitors a section of the banks along the Meuse and Waal rivers. In 2020, we will bump up the number of monitored revers.