Our Approach

How can we turn off the plastic tap? We must shift our sails and adjust our course, decisive and urgent action is needed now.


Through MARPLASTICCs, funded through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), IUCN is investing efforts 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 help control and reduce plastic pollution and make a shift towards a more circular economy.

MARPLASTICCs approach is based on four pillars:

KNOWLEDGE - publish reports, design and complete 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

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

CAPACITY BUILDING – facilitate dialogue and encourage coordinated action amongst experts, researchers, producers, governments and NGOs to tackle plastic pollution, facilitate Public Private Partnerships


Marine plastic pollution: Towards a necessary plastic life cycle approach

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