Marine litter is a demanding global challenge. The impacts of plastic litter in the marine environment affects different societies unequally as a consequence of several factors, including sea currents, potential for local waste management, economic incentives to reduce plastic products, etc. In areas with strong reliance on tourism and small scale fishing (like Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries), marine litter has the potential to cause extensive harm to the environmental, as well as to social and economic values.
We commit to collaborate in our efforts to develop and disseminate solutions to reduce marine plastic litter in the ocean and coastal areas, particularly in exposed areas in developing countries. By sharing our experiences and knowledge, we want to build alliances in the development of solutions to tackle different aspects of marine plastic litter using approaches grounded in education, research and policy. In June 2018 we will manifest our progress during the year.