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Waste and litter are a significant issue for natural systems, with impacts on ecosystems, fisheries and human health. In 2019, the work under this theme is increasing with strategic support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).

Activities will include support for global policy development (UN Environment Assembly and Basel Convention), including contributions to the various expert working groups on waste and marine litter. Additionally, there will be a regional focus on supporting African countries in addressing issues of waste and marine litter. This includes specific activities addressing wastewater and sanitation in Africa in conjunction with UN Environment and the African Development Bank; supporting regional assessments of waste and marine litter (starting with the Abidjan Convention Regional Sea); promotion of circular economy solutions tailored for developing countries; and supporting improved clean-up of marine litter through upscaling of predictive mapping for marine litter accumulation. These activities will be built upon over the coming years to deliver strategic solutions for addressing waste and marine litter issues in developing countries.

Status: In progress

Type: Programme

Tags: Wastewater Plastic Waste Marine Plastic Marine Litter Collaboration Marine environment


GRID-Arendal's activities are nearly always a cooperative undertaking made possible through collaboration with our various partners, and donors.

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