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Longwood alumna and CVW director co-author report on marine litter

July 29, 2009

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report co-written by Seba Sheavly, a 1975 Longwood graduate, and Katie Register, executive director of Clean Virginia Waterways (CVW) which is based at Longwood.

Sheavly is president of Sheavly Consultants Inc., an environmental consulting firm located in Virginia Beach. The report, "Guidelines on the Use of Market-based Instruments to Address the Problem of Marine Litter," was commissioned by UNEP and provides an overview of economic tools and strategies that encourage a change in behavior that will lead to positive and lasting benefits on the marine and coastal environments. The full report, issued in April, can be accessed from the United Nations Environment Programme web site.

The report targets policymakers and economists who are seeking to understand better the marine litter and debris problem as well as communities, local governments and citizen organizations that have in-depth understanding of marine pollution issues, but are looking to understand how economic tools can help address marine litter problems. It aims to be a practical reference for decision makers and relevant organizations on how to select, apply and implement economic tools (also referred to as market-based instruments) to address problems with marine litter. The report will also assist policymakers in deciding whether the conditions are favorable and which economic tools could potentially be effective.

Sheavly also contributed two other UNEP reports, Marine Litter: A Global Challenge (April 2009) and UNEP/IOC Guidelines on Surveys and Monitoring of Marine Litter (March 2009). Sheavly Consultants Inc. specializes in community-based conservation program development, including education and outreach initiatives, volunteer monitoring, and research of pollution issues related to water quality and marine debris. Sheavly is the senior technical advisor for marine debris for the Ocean Conservancy and is a consultant for the American Chemistry Council coordinating field research on plastics in the marine environment. She serves on the Clean Virginia Waterways board of directors as well as the Hull Springs Farm Foundation board. She earned a degree in biology from Longwood in 1975.

Katie Register has served as executive director of CVW since 1995. CVW is a statewide, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving Virginia's rivers and other water resources by promoting citizen stewardship. Register's work focuses on litter prevention, water quality monitoring, impacts of solid waste in aquatic environments, and workshops for teachers and landowners about water resource issues. CVW is affiliated with Ocean Conservancy in Washington, D.C. and also Longwood University. Register has served as a consultant to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ocean Conservancy. She co-authored the Estuary Volunteer Monitoring: A Methods Manual for the EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds. Register is also involved in the development of Longwood's Hull Springs Farm into an environmental education facility and demonstration site of sustainable natural resource management.