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New project to help 30 developing countries tackle marine litter scourge

The GloLitter Partnerships Project will help  30 developing countries in stopping and lowering marine litter from the maritime transport and fisheries sectors, which incorporates plastic litter akin to misplaced or discarded fishing gear. 

The project was launched on Thursday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with preliminary funding from Norway. 

Protecting oceans and livelihoods 

“Plastic litter has a devastating influence on marine life and human well being”, said Manuel Barange, FAO’s Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture.  “This initiative is an important step in tackling the issue and will help protect the ocean ecosystem as well as the livelihoods of those who depend on it.” 

Protecting the marine environment is the objective of Sustainable Development Goal 14, part of the 2030 Agenda to create a more just and equitable future for all people and the planet. 

The GloLitter project will help countries apply best practices for the prevention and reduction of marine plastic litter, in an effort to safeguard the world’s coastal and marine resources. 

Actions will include encouraging fishing gear to be marked so that it can be traced if lost or discarded at sea. Another focus will be on the availability and adequacy of port reception facilities and their connection to national waste management systems.  

“Marine litter is a scourge on the oceans and on the planet”, mentioned Jose Matheickal, Head of the IMO’s Department for Partnerships and Projects. “I am delighted that we have more than 30 countries committed to this initiative and working with IMO and FAO to address this issue.” 

Five areas represented 

The nations collaborating within the GloLitter project are in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific. 

They can even obtain technical help and coaching, in addition to steerage paperwork and different instruments to help implement present rules. 

The project will promote compliance with related worldwide devices, together with the Voluntary Guidelines for the (*30*) of Fishing Gear, and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), which accommodates rules towards discharging plastics into the ocean.

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