Marine pollution has devastating impacts on marine ecosystems and the oceans, threatening marine animals and plants. Plastics (including microplastics) and marine debris items are some of the prominent marine pollutants that injure and kill marine life, interfere with navigation safety, and pose a threat to human safety and health, and most importantly affecting countries’ economy. There are a number of ongoing initiatives by regional/international organisations to improve litter prevention, recycling, and other waste management infrastructure. Given that this issue has already been highlighted in previous IORA Meetings, Indonesia and Germany initiated the Project entitled “IORA Actions Against Marine Debris”, which aims at developing an “IORA Declaration on Combatting Marine Debris” and a Strategic Framework of Action on Marine Debris in the Indian Ocean.
In this regard Indonesia in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) organized the first two workshop online and will be organising the 3rd Workshop, which aims at finalising the draft Strategic Framework of Action on Marine Debris in the Indian Ocean and explore the wayforward for implementation of regional project to address the marine debris issue in IORA
The overarching objective of the proposal is to minimize the waste generation on land, thereby reducing the amount of plastic waste that enters the rivers and oceans. For this purpose, the specific objectives of the proposal are to: