Sustainable Coastlines

Sustainable Coastlines

Sustainable Coastlines has launched a long-term initiative to help the fight against litter. Litter Intelligence uses innovative, open-source technology to collect data, provide powerful insights and inspire action.

Sustainable Coastlines engages with communities around Aotearoa New Zealand and trains ‘citizen scientists’ to collect data on litter. It inspires solutions through a nationwide school education programme.

As the country’s first scientifically rigorous national litter database, Litter Intelligence is helping to build a better understanding of the problem, and has already been used for individual actions, community-led solutions, policy decision-making and environmental reporting.

The data collection methodology, based on United Nations guidelines, was co-designed alongside the Ministry for the Environment, Statistics NZ and the Department of Conservation. The detailed training, combined with user-friendly technology, allows environmental data to be submitted by communities at the highest standard, so it can be used by government agencies for national and international reporting, including the Sustainable Development Goals.