Life LEMA consists of a multidisciplinary and heterogeneous team made of public administrations, research centers and a nongovernmental organization representing the civil society.

The group work Life LEMA is made of organism and professional experts in the Maritime and coastal area, in marine litter, in modelling and management. It is managed by the Territorial Council of Guipúzcoa, with the support of the research center AZTI for technical coordination.

The added value of Life LEMA is to produce studies and actions that permit a transborder approach of the analysis of the marine litter’s issue, through the creation of a collaboration and transnational actions in search of common solutions. The partners of the program attest of this transborder approach since they are distributed all over the Spanish and French Pays Basque.



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Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa

The Territorial Council of Gipuzkoa, as a provincial administration, has the responsibility to govern and administer the Historical Territory of Gipuzkoa, in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country (Spain), by exercising various skills including that of the environment. Among other tasks, it is responsible for the development of the Plan for the Integrated Management of Urban Waste, of the coordination with municipalities and of the promotion of infrastructures and waste processing.

In Life LEMA, the Department of Environment and Hydraulic Works, being responsible for the management of the waste discharged on the beaches of Gipuzkoa, oversees the coordination of the project. The Council ensures the implementation of the actions and is the representative of LEMA’s group work to the European Community.

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AZTI is a specialized technological center of the Pays Basque (Spain) that belongs the corporation Tecnalia. AZTI develops different projects at local, national and international levels for the protection of the marine environment. Among other tasks, it is a consultant for the local and regional authorities and communities in matters related to the fisheries sector. AZTI also works in the operational oceanography sector, which includes the development and improvement of predictive models, supervision of the marine environment with actual and emerging technologies, study of hydrodynamics and oceanography-weather information systems.

In Life LEMA, AZTI is taking care of the project’s technical coordination. It is responsible for the definition of tools to anticipate the evolution of floating marine litter and for the selection of the technology that will be installed on boats to gather waste. This includes supervising boats’ energy consumption and estimating the carbon footprint of the elimination of floating marine litter. It is also in charge of the selection and implementation of a floating barrier in Deba.

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The research center Rivages Pro Tech (RPT), based in Bidart (France), is a technical and scientific expertise center belonging to the group SUEZ Eau France, specialized in management of marine environment, bathing waters and port areas. RPT develops and applies operational oceanographic technologies to support local authorities in managing coastal areas. 

RPT has a vast experience in managing, surveilling and predicting the quality of the water and works on incorporating new technologies in studies of the aquatic environment: intelligent surveillance and modelization, which include the management of floating marine litter thanks to digital models and satellites detection.

In Life LEMA, RPT will collaborate with AZTI in the development of modelization systems and will be responsible for the implementation of a marine litter detection and alerting system for extreme natural events. It will also be responsible for the surveillance of floating marine litter through airborne systems (drones).

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Voluntarios de Surfrider

Surfrider Foundation Europe (SFE) is an internationally renowned non-profit organization based in Biarritz (France), which mission is to protect and valorize oceans and seas, waves and littoral. Its work is mainly focused on marine litter, water quality, climatic change, maritime transportation, artificialization of the littoral and coastal heritage protection. Thanks to the support of more than 40 groups of volunteers all around Europe and the territorial delegations of Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux, Bruxelles and Donostia-San Sebastián, SFE have been working for over 25 years on three main axis: research, lobbying and environmental education.

Since 1995, SFE implemented a volunteering international program to encourage participative science among citizens through collection, identification and sorting of marine litter, the “Ocean Initiatives” program.

In Life LEMA, SFE will coordinate the project’s communication and the sensitization of the public in general, by diffusing the problematic. It will also encourage the collaboration of citizens through volunteering and participative science. Finally, it will also coordinate expert groups’ meetings on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the European Funds for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries policies.

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ayuntamiento de Biarritz

The Municipality of Biarritz (France) is a public administration that has always been actively involved in the littoral protection. Biarritz was one of the first cities of the French littoral to obtain environmental quality certification systems under the surveillance of the Environmental department of the municipality, responsible for ensuring the quality of the bathing waters and managing floating marine litter. Biarritz’ municipality encourages environmental education and best practices and has created, to sensitize the population on the necessity to protect oceans, the structure Biarritz Océans. Biarritz Océan is an educative space created by the Aquarium of Biarritz and the City of the Ocean, dedicated to the discovery of the secrets of the ocean.

In Life LEMA, the Municipality of Biarritz is responsible for forming a multidisciplinary group of consultants that will validate the results and maximize the diffusion of the project achievements. It is responsible, just like Guipúzcoa Territorial Council, for the definition of required conditions to create management tools by Life LEMA.

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The Mixed Trade Union Kosta Garbia, based in Bayonne (France), is the Center of Littoral Environment Resources of the Altantic Pyrenees. The structure includes the French Pays Basque administrations in charge of the littoral (Côte Basque-Adour Agglomeration, Sud Pays Basque Agglomeration and the General Council of Atlantic Pyrenees). The main objective of Kosta Garbia is to bring technical support for the maintenance and the improvement of the quality of the bathing waters and for the fight against floating marine litter. During summer, the syndicate organizes works of collection of floating waste on the estuaries of Adour and Bidassoa, by collecting and studying the local authorities’ requests and finding the necessary technical solutions.

In Life LEMA, Kosta Garbia brings its experience in the use of fishing boats to collect floating marine litter by defining the necessary steps to obtain authorization for diversifying the fishing activity of marine litter. Kosta Garbia also participates to the selection of the technology for collecting floating marine litter that will be installed on boats.

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