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Measures to reduce marine pollution and microplastics in Norway by targeting their sources
by Norwegian Government (Government)
Ensuring clean and healthy oceans is a key priority for the Norwegian Government.The Government is stepping up its efforts to reduce the amount of microplastics ending up in the ocean and intends to target the most important sources of this kind of pollution. Measures are now being developed in cooperation with relevant governmental bodies and in dialogue with relevant stakeholders. The main focus will be on land-based sources of microplastics including wear and tear of car tires, artificial turf, paint and textiles. Concrete measures towards the difference sources are being examined and considered.

The Government is also exploring the potential for extended producer responsibilities for certain product groups. Since fishing gear and other forms of plastic equipment used in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors are among the sources that contribute to marine littering in Norway and regionally, extended producer responsibility schemes for these product groups are now being considered.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Cleaner production
Multiannual effort
Reduced influx of marine litter and microplastics into the ocean from sources in Norway
Other, please specify
Multiannual funding provided by the Norwegian Government
Basic information
Time-frame: Multiannual effort - Multiannual effort
Governmental bodies and relevant stakeholders
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Mona Aarhus, Senior Advisor, mona.aarhus@kld.dep.no,
Ministry of Climate and Environment, Oslo, Norway
Other SDGs
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