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The Urban Ocean Program

The Urban Ocean program is a unique initiative, jointly implemented by The Circulate Initiative, Ocean Conservancy and Global Resilient Cities Network Urban Ocean, to implement scalable waste management solutions that prevent ocean plastic and advance resilient, circular economies by working with leading cities and partners willing to invest in change at scale.

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The Plan

We will work with city leaders to bring new ideas, partners and resources together to:


  • Enhance cities' understanding of circular economy principles

  • Build awareness regarding ocean plastic issues

  • Assess the waste management situation in the respective cities

  • Ultimately, support the creation of strategies and project proposals

We will demonstrate how actions to improve waste management and recycling can provide holistic, resilient and sustainable solutions that not only reduce ocean plastic pollution but also address key city priorities, such as:

  • Improving public health

  • Promoting innovation

  • Supporting economic development and job growth

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

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First Cohort Announced

We recently announced the first cohort of partner cities:  Can Tho (Vietnam), Melaka (Malaysia), Semarang (Indonesia), Pune (India) and Panama City (Panama).


Click below to read the press release. To find out more about the program, please download our factsheet

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