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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID-Arendal invite you to participate in a survey whose purpose is to collect information on tackling marine litter and plastic pollution through Indigenous Knowledge Systems and using nature-positive solutions.


Please find the link to the survey form here.


We would appreciate receiving your responses by 1st November 2021.


Please share the survey form as widely as possible with your extended community, indigenous networks, and relevant organisations.


About the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is a high-level advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It has a mandate to deal with Indigenous Issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.


At its session in April 2021 the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues urged the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other actors to include Indigenous peoples in decision-making processes related to tackling marine litter and plastic pollution. It also urged them to recognize the traditional knowledge, practices and innovations of Indigenous peoples in plans and actions to address marine litter and plastic pollution. The UN Economic and Social Council subsequently adopted the report of that session, including this recommendation.


To respond to this recommendation and to learn more about the experiences of Indigenous peoples and communities in this regard and the challenges they face, we would like to know more about practices that can be used to prevent marine litter and plastic pollution from a nature-positive solutions perspective.


About the Global Partnership on Marine Litter Digital Platform


UNEP has been exploring opportunities to include Major Groups, including Indigenous peoples, in the development of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML) Digital Platform.


The multi-stakeholder, mostly open-source GPML Platform compiles and crowdsources different resources, integrates data, and connects stakeholders in order to guide action on the pressing global issue of marine litter and plastic pollution. We would like to recognise and showcase all relevant knowledge, practices, and innovations through this platform.


We invite all entities, including Indigenous peoples, who are working to tackle the issue of marine litter and plastic pollution to join the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML). The benefits of joining the Partnership include the possibility to tap into a global network of like-minded members, with an array of resources at your fingertips, which can help avoid duplication of efforts while optimising impacts.


Regional and national marine litter action plans


The survey responses will also be used to provide information on existing best practices for the development and implementation of regional/national marine litter action plans.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to share information on this important topic.


If you would like more information or experience any problems, please contact: unep-gpmarinelitter@un.org

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