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Tentative route of expedition of Plastic Busters

The project will be carried out using an eco-friendly oceanographic vessel that will cover the whole Mediterranean basin over a period of three months. The ship will also touch keys areas in the Mediterranean basin characterized by different anthropogenic impact.

The ship, which will house researchers from various Mediterranean countries, will also represent an opportunity for interaction with stakeholders in the main harbors touched. The route, the state of scientific activities and dissemination events carried out by the vessel will be published on a dedicated website.

In order to solve the gap of need of sensitive indicators of plastic debris in Mediterranean environment sentinel organisms have been selected and will be monitored during the expedition in order to detect content and effects of marine litter in different ecological compartments. All sampling and monitoring activities reported below will be carried out during the Plastic Busters expedition.


Other Solutions Initiatives

  • Community Health Worker

    One Million Smartphone-Enabled Community Health Workers in Sub-Saharan Africa

    The SDSN is supporting a global campaign to train and deploy 1 million professional community health workers (CHWs) in sub-Saharan Africa. CHWs can provide basic treatment and preventive care, and offer a vital link to the broader healthcare system of doctors, nurses, hospitals and clinics. A unified CHW workforce, geared towards maternal and child health and with a priority on tackling nutrition, can effectively and quickly improve the health of rural and under-served populations. A key component of the CHW programs is a user-friendly smartphone system.

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    National Transformation Pathways for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

    This SDSN solutions initiative aims to provide support to countries in two important methodological areas: (i) choosing realistic targets that are congruent with the new SDGs and (ii) developing technology and socio-economic roadmaps that provide sound choices to countries for implementing a sustainable development strategy and meeting selected targets.

  • Rio

    Sustainable Cities Initiative

    Cities around the world are facing serious challenges including rapidly growing populations, increased demands for services, strained energy, water, and transportation infrastructure, growing slum areas, threats from climate change, and limited resources. Since urban infrastructure is long-lived, investment decisions must be carefully made to fully realize their potential for positive change. The SDSN will work with a number of cities to develop long-term strategies for sustainable development. The first sustainable cities initiative was launched in Rio de Janeiro. The Sustainable Cities Initiative will work with several cities to prepare long-term sustainable development frameworks, share best practices, connect the work at the city level to global policy discussions; and, where possible, identify and promote promising solutions initiatives.

  • Virtual Open Schools

    The Virtual Open School project is implemented in partnership with Pratham, India’s largest education non-governmental organization. It aims to identify and test a model for large-scale, online provision of quality secondary level education in rural areas in an economically sustainable way. The project will target out-of-school children aged 14-18 years with support for Math and English. It is designed to:

    • To leverage technology to connect children in poorly served areas with high-quality teachers over the internet;
    • To combine intensive tutoring by a high-quality teacher with self-paced learning (through structured access to content) and study the resulting improvements in learning outcomes (measured against average current and desired learning outcomes);
    • To document the learning levels and pedagogical needs of children in low-quality learning environments;
    To enable children to complete (and improve their performance) K12 schooling; and
    • To create a replicable model for delivery of quality education that can be scaled up through existing schools, or through a franchisee model at an affordable cost.

  • Energy Access for All in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Energy Access for All in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Ending extreme poverty in all its forms requires access to modern forms of energy, including electricity and improved cooking solutions. In rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, barriers to energy access include lack of energy resources, lack of access to available energy, and the prohibitive cost of energy from some sources. With support from Italian energy firm eni the SDSN has launched a Solution Initiative with two components:

    1) Assessing strategic options for regional approaches in Africa to generating power and using locally available energy resources.

    2) Promoting Shared Solar, an innovative, low-cost system for off-grid rural electrification using renewable energy, energy storage, and smart payment systems.