So how can we turn off the plastic tap? We have to shift our sail and adjust our course. Decisive and urgent actions are required now.

IUCN is actively engaged in the fight against plastic pollution, working on many fronts and regions. IUCN’s programme of work on marine plastics focuses on closing the plastic tap, changing consumption models and encouraging the move towards a circular economy model.

Thanks to the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), IUCN and its many partners are now investing efforts to end plastic pollution in Eastern and Southern Africa and Asia. MARPLASTICCs aims to equip governments, industries and communities in five countries – South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Thailand and Viet Nam – with knowledge, policy options and plans of actions to control and reduce plastic pollution.

IUCN’s integrated approach to combat plastic pollution is structured around four pillars:

  • KNOWLEDGE - publish reports, design and fund research, test methodologies and measurement tools, identify priority countries and targeted solutions, take stock of existing legal and regulatory frameworks and provide recommendations for improvement
  • CAPACITY BUILDING – facilitate dialogue and encourage coordinated action amongst experts, researchers, producers, governments and NGOs to tackle plastic pollution
  • POLICY – assess the effectiveness and efficiency of existing legal and regulatory frameworks, engage policy makers, and define practical recommendations and legal solutions
  • BUSINESS - enable private sector platforms, support companies in assessing the plastic footprint of their value chains, and encourage market solutions and technical innovation

We are all contributing to the problem. Let’s together become part of the solution.

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