Turning the Tide on Marine Plastics in South Asia

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Turning the Tide on Marine Plastics in South Asia

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South Asia is the third largest contributor to global plastic waste. It generates 334 million metric tons of solid waste every year. Nearly 70-80% of this waste ends up in the ocean 12% is plastic. On current trends, if no action is taken, the amount of mismanaged waste (including plastic) across South Asia is projected to double to 661 million tons by 2050, adversely affecting the region’s ocean ecosystems, livelihoods, human health, and sustainable development more broadly. COVID-19 has further exacerbated plastic pollution, with increased demand for single-use plastic and pressure on solid waste management systems.

With no single solution to this, South Asia needs a collective response to plastic pollution which is both national and transboundary in nature. The region’s two transboundary river systems—the Indus River System, which connects Afghanistan, India and Pakistan and the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna River System, which connecting Bhutan, Nepal, India and Bangladesh—are among the top five most polluting rivers in the world. The rivers act like express highway for plastic pollution, and carry up to 19 percent of all plastics to the oceans.

All eight South Asian countries recognize the magnitude of the problem and are seeking collaborative solutions. In 2020, World Bank in collaboration with the South Asia Cooperative Environment Program (SACEP), all eight South Asian countries and Parley for Ocean launched the world’s first regional initiative, Plastic Free Rivers and Seas for South Asia (PLEASE), to curb marine plastic pollution and ramp up eco-innovations to reinvent plastic use and production. The program is leveraging public-private partnership, investing in innovation on circular economy solutions through competitive block grants, and is supporting development of National Action Plans by member-countries to fight plastic pollution.

Our next #OneSouthAsia live conversation will position marine plastic pollution as a critical and urgent development issue that impacts entire ecosystems and the health and livelihoods of two billion people in South Asia. Stakeholders from civil society, governments, private sector, and regional organizations will discuss policies, investments, innovations and transboundary support needed to turn the tide on marine plastics.

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World Bank x Parley: Plastic-Free Rivers and Seas for South Asia
Tue, 04/27/2021 - 13:29
Shelbistar Marbaniang

As we know to control and to prevent it is a very hardest things .But to Produce it is a easy job as science is advance today . Sometimes I feels like too much advancing in science and its technology is not necessary for our Planet ,because as Physics cannot make a good Deal with our environment and our Nature. . I Believe if there is one Fundamental Duties for Every Citizens in Our Planets Earth to take care our Environment and not throw plastic bags anywhere as they have purchased them too, I think we can control plastic pollution by that way.
Wed, 04/28/2021 - 16:07
Julie Vorman

Thank you, Shelbistar Marbaniang, for your comment about individual responsibility to the environment that nurtures us. As Marshall McLuhan said many years ago, there are no passengers on spaceship earth -- we are all crew.
Wed, 04/28/2021 - 16:12
Julie Vorman

Welcome to the event page for our May 5 conversation on ways to #BeatPlasticPollution in South Asia! We invite you to post comments, questions, and ideas to share with our panelists from @Unilever, @SACEP.org, @ParleyforOceans, and Sri Lanka. 
Thu, 04/29/2021 - 12:51

I like this project
Fri, 04/30/2021 - 09:56

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