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IUCN "Close the Plastic Tap" Programme

  • Published on February 3, 2020
IUCN: "Every year, over 300 million tons of plastic are produced, half of which is used to design single-use items such as shopping bags, cups and straws. At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year and make up 80% of all marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments. Floating plastic debris are currently the most abundant items of marine litter."
"To better understand the extent of plastic pollution, IUCN has produced several analytical pieces of work and is supporting policy and programmatic action in both the Baltic and the Mediterranean seas. Although marine plastics are a global problem, they demand regional and local solutions that are tailored to the different sources and pathways of plastic to the ocean. With its Marine Plastics and Coastal Communities initiative, IUCN is now seeking to extend this programmatic approach to the Eastern and Southern Africa and Asia Pacific regions". - IUCN "In 2019, with support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and The Didier and Martine Primat Foundation, IUCN launched the Plastic Waste-Free Islands (PWFI) initiative, as part of its global Close the Plastic Tap Programme. PWFI is a three-year initiative working in three regions: The Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Oceania. The initiative’s overarching goal is to drive the circular economy agenda forward and to reduce plastic waste generation and leakage from islands." - IUCN Plastic Waste-Free Islands factsheet "The project aims to: Provide national partners with data and analysis to reduce the amount of plastic waste leaking into the environment. Enhance adoption of plastic leakage reduction measures by tourism, fisheries and waste management sectors. Co-generate sector-specific action plans for alternative value chains that strengthen coordination and cooperation amongst different stakeholders along the plastic value chain. Develop a blueprint for islands in collaboration with regional bodies. The blueprint will lay down IUCN’s recommended approach to reduce plastic leakage on islands based on the strategy adopted for PWFI and lessons learned." - IUCN Plastic Waste-Free Islands factsheet

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