Ocean Experts Call for Greater Local Government Role in Fight Against Marine Waste Fresh Strategies to tackle Pollution, Plastics and Climate Impacts to be Included in New Plan to Manage the World’s Seas

Source: MAP

Athens, 1 October 2014 – Leading scientists and policymakers meeting in Athens this week acknowledged that marine litter remained a “tremendous challenge” in almost all regions of the world, with significant socio-economic consequences and clear impacts on marine ecosystems.

The three-day 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans was held amid growing concern worldwide about the threat that widespread plastic waste poses to marine life, with conservative estimates of overall financial damage of plastic to marine ecosystems standing at US$13 billion each year. Participating experts recommended a three-tier approach to marine litter, saying that the problem needed to be tackled – not just at the regional and national levels – butat themunicipal level, because in most cases it is municipalities that have responsibility for solid-waste management.

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