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Japan and UN Environment unite for knowledge boosting campaign on marine litter in Southeast Asia and India

Japan and the UN Environment Programme announced they will join hands in effort to boost knowledge on marine litter

In recent years, global attention on marine litter and plastic pollution has surged. However, scientific knowledge on marine plastic litter and effective countermeasures remains insufficient.

Promotion of countermeasures against marine plastic litter in Southeast Asia and India is the new initiative, it will focus on knowledge sharing through simulation model for plastic leakage and monitor to determine leakage hotspots along the Ganges and Mekong rivers. Moreover India and provincial and local governments in Mumbai, Agra, and selected cities along the Ganges will receive support to stop plastic pollution. The Government of Japan has earmarked 123 million Japanese yen – over US$1,100,000 – to support the initiative starting March 2019, which be implemented by the UN Environment Programme Asia and the Pacific Office based in Bangkok, Thailand.

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