While Asia has become known for its plastic management problems, the region could also lead global effort to combat plastic pollution by utilizing accumulated know-how on waste management in some parts of the region (e.g. Japan, China, Republic of Korea and Singapore) and by taking advantage of high-level political commitments to address the problem (e.g. China and India). With the overall goal to assemble know-how of Asia to lead global bench-marking/ standards-setting effort to combat marine litter and plastic pollution, this project, “Promotion of counter measures against plastic litter in South East Asia and India” proposes: 1) to identify the sources and pathways of major plastic leakage in India and to foster local partnerships for leakage reduction, and 2) to establish a partnership base for assessment and monitoring of marine litter and plastic pollution in Asia, by networking with academic institutions and practitioners in Asia.
The project will seek 1) to identify the sources and pathways of major plastic leakage in India and to foster local partnerships for leakage reduction, 2) to promote a partnership to share the project outcome with other countries in Asia to be replicated.
India (Mumbai and Ganges River Basin)
Sites identified under the project
Mumbai, India (coastal plastic debris)
Mumbai city, State capital of Maharashtra Province is the largest city in western India of which population is more than 12 million with its coastline of 653 km.
Agra, The Ganges River Basin midstream (selected sites are Haridwar/Rishikesh, Allahabad, and Agra)
The Yamuna River flowing through the Agra city with the Taj Mahal designated as a World Heritage Site joins a midstream of the Ganges River at Allahabad. More than 10 million tourists visit Agra of which population is about 1.6 million (statistic in 2017).
Overall summary of activities to be carried out under the project:
Calendar of events on the “Promotion of Counter-Measures Against Plastic Litter in South East Asia and India”
For more information contact:
Shaila Sam firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Consultant | UN Environment Programme India