Global Plastic Pollution Observation System to Aid Policy

Year of Publication

2021

This document argues that an integrated, global monitoring system for plastic pollution is needed to provide comprehensive, harmonized data for environmental, societal, and economic assessments.

Source:

ACS Publications

Author(s):

Michael S. Bank, Peter W. Swarzenski, Carlos M. Duarte, Matthias C. Rillig, Albert A. Koelmans, Marc Metian, Stephanie Wright, Jennifer F. Provencher, Monica Sanden, Adrian Jordaan, Martin Wagner, Martin Thiel, Yong Sik Ok

Geography:

Global

Type:

Primary Data, Strategy

Purpose of Measurement:

Monitoring and Evaluation, Understanding the Problem, Solution Sets and Impact Potential

Impact theme(s):

Oceans, Policy, Climate

This document argues that an integrated, global monitoring system for plastic pollution is needed to provide comprehensive, harmonized data for environmental, societal, and economic assessments. The proposed observation system strives to integrate new information and to identify pollution hotspots (i.e., production facilities, cities, roads, ports, etc.) and expands monitoring from marine environments to encompass all ecosystem types. Eventually, such a system will deliver knowledge to support public policy and corporate contributions to the relevant United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).