LIVES – Litter Free Rivers and Streams


Key Data

Goal: Reduction of plastic waste in the Meuse catchment area

Method: Online-Tool

Duration: August 2018 to January 2022

Partner: 10

  Euregio Meuse-Rhine with state, district and provincial borders Copyright: © LIVES Cartographic representation of the catchment area of the Meuse

Description and goals

The research project LIVES (Litter Free Rivers and Streams) focuses on the reduction of plastic waste in the catchment area of the Meuse. Plastic waste damages our environment and can endanger public health, biodiversity, shipping and the landscape. Additionally, plastic litter accumulates in the environment due to the material’s persistence.

A successful solution to the problem requires a coordinated, transboundary approach. This is the only way to prevent plastic from being transported through rivers into the sea. Cross-border cooperation is an essential element here, because river basins do not coincide with the administrative borders of states. The aim of LIVES is therefore the organisation of a coordinated cross-border concept for the reduction of plastic waste in the catchment area of the Meuse and the interregional networking of the institutions involved.



Maximilian Born

Scientific staff


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  A group of people collects waste in the floodplains of the Meuse Copyright: © LIVES Clean-up action on the banks of the Meuse

The project is divided into four central work packages: 1. analysis of the current waste situation in the Meuse and its tributaries, 2. measures to reduce plastic waste, such as clean-up actions and the construction of five different innovative plastic traps, 3. development of cross-border administrative agreements, 4. extensive public relations work and environmental education. Together with two other universities, the IWW is responsible for cross-border educational measures in the LIVES project. For this purpose, an online tool will be created which can be used for the autonomous education of students, teachers and other interested parties in the field of "plastics in rivers". With the help of educational videos, informative texts, self-tests and additional reading material, the target groups are to be informed about the problem and motivated to take action themselves. Furthermore, the material can be used as teaching material that brings also younger students in contact with this topic.


    Partners and funding

    The project team consists of a broad alliance of authorities, public organisations and interest groups that are working together to reduce plastic waste in the Meuse catchment area:

    Further informationen:

    The LIVES project is an Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhine project. The EU project LIVES is funded under the number EMR103.

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