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Development of a national strategy to combat marine litter
by Brazilian Government (Government)
Marine litter is one of the greatest threats to marine ecosystems and their environmental services. In addition to coordinated international actions aiming at addressing the problem of marine litter, Brazil has been setting in place policies for the reduction and prevention of solid waste from marine and terrestrial sources. The Plan of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (Upper Southwest Atlantic Region) established in 2001 will be updated. The problem of marine litter is strongly related to the lack of adequate living conditions of vulnerable social groups. Such such groups often do not have access to basic sanitation and adequate disposal of solid waste. Solutions require spatial planning policies. Brazil recognizes the need to consolidate, strengthen and expand government actions at all levels in order to reduce and eradicate waste streams into the marine environment. The persistence of implementation and enforcement gaps makes this issue a major challenge. The Brazilian Government commits to broaden discussion and networking among the actors involved so that collaborative actions to address this issue are identified and implemented. The Ministry of the Environment intends to promote analysis and debate on marine litter through the release of a publication and the organization of a national seminar on reducing and minimizing impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems. The Brazilian Government also commits to a public awareness campaign as well as to launch and implement as of June 2018 a National Plan to Combat Marine Litter.
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
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
  • Reduce invasive aquatic species introduction
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Cleaner production
  • Industrial effluent pre-treatment
  • Integrated pest management
Development of an awareness-raising video on marine litter
Launch of education and outreach publication on marine litter
Development and launch of the 1st National Plan to Combat Marine Litter
Organization of the 1st National Seminar to Combat Marine Litter
Financing (in USD)
330,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
government experts
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 - 2022
Coastal Management Integration Group GI-GERCO (Government, Private sector, Civil society organization, Non-governmental organization, Scientific Community); Network of Postgraduate Programs in Marine Sciences PPGMar (Academic institutions, Scientific institutions); State-level coordinations for coastal management G17 (Government); UNEP (United Nations entity)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Rgis Pinto de Lima, Coastal Management, Ministry of the Environment, regis.lima@mma.gov.br,
Braslia, DF, Brazil
Other SDGs
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