Addressing Marine Plastics: A Systemic Approach - Recommendations for Action

Year of Publication

2019

The report pinpoints current gaps in knowledge, policy, technology, and finance/incentives around marine plastic.

Source:

United Nations Environment Programme

Author(s):

Philippa Notten

Geography:

Global

Type:

Strategy

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem, Solution Sets and Impact Potential

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Policy, Capital Flows, Behavior Change

The report pinpoints current gaps in knowledge, policy, technology, and finance/incentives around marine plastic. To fill these gaps, the report recommends systemic actions throughout the plastic value chain, including material engineering, consumer behavior, and waste management. The report also highlights action in eight areas with high levels of plastic leakage: packaging, PET bottles, single-use plastics, textiles, cosmetics/ personal care products, tourism, fishing/ aquaculture, and shipping. For each action, the report calls out the key stakeholders and necessary scale for implementation.