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IUCN issue briefs on marine plastic

IUCN issues brief on marine plastics provides an accessible overview provides an accessible overview and key information on the complex issue of plastic pollution. DOWNLOAD PDF

PREVIOUS PUBLICATION: National marine plastic litter policies in EU Member States: an overview

To better understand the extent of plastic pollution, IUCN has produced several analytical pieces of work. 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. The aim of this report is to provide an overview of national legal instruments in all European Union Member States related to protection of the marine environment from plastic pollution. The report is based on information collected from EU Member States on existing policies directly tackling marine litter at national level. DOWNLOAD PDF

PREVIOUS PUBLICATION: Primary Microplastics in the Oceans: A Global Evaluation of Sources

"Primary Microplastics in the Oceans: A Global Evaluation of Sources" provides a global estimate and mapping of the sources and quantities of primary microplastics – plastics that enter the oceans in the form of small particles directly released from household and industrial products. This report concluded that invisible particles washed off synthetic clothing and car tyres are the two main contributors of microplastics from primary sources into our oceans. DOWNLOAD PDF

PREVIOUS PUBLICATION: Plastic Debris in the Ocean

“Plastic Debris in the Ocean: The Characterization of Marine Plastics and their Environmental Impacts, Situation Analysis Report” was IUCN’s first situation analysis report on marine plastic pollution. In addition to providing a comprehensive overview of the current state of knowledge of the effects of plastics on marine environments, organisms and ecosystems, this report made a first attempt at identifying policy options to find solutions to this urgent issue. DOWNLOAD PDF

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