Cleaning the (Arctic) Ocean

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands 26. August 2016

Saturday, October 8, 17:15-18:45

Location: Hafnarkot, Harpa First Level

The goal of the session is to illustrate the importance of clean and healthy oceans and to discuss some of the threats that oceans and Arctic waters are facing, in particular plastic debris and marine litter.

Among the questions that will be addressed are the following. What kind of pollution is found in the Arctic, on the shores but also for example in bird stomachs? What are the sources and what can be done to tackle the problems? What role can governments, industry, NGO’s and individuals play to ensure that the oceans, and the Arctic ocean in particular, remain healthy for long term sustainable use?

This session will be kicked off and moderated by the Dutch Arctic Ambassador for the Netherlands, Mr. Kees Rade, and/or the Senior Artic Official to the Arctic Council for the Netherlands, Mr. Jorden Splinter.


  • Susanne Kühn, PhD Student, Wageningen University Marine Research: The Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) as an Indicator for Marine Plastic Pollution.
  • Lex Oosterbaan, Senior Adviser, Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment in the Netherlands: Dealing with Marine Litter, Green Deals and Crossing Borders.
  • Eelco Leemans, Founder/ CEO, Leemans Maritime Consultancy: Preventing Maritime Litter: Strategies to Prevent Marine Litter from Shipping and Fisheries.