15 Feb 2021
Cleaning the Caribbean: IUCN on a mission for plastic waste free islands
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched a short promotional video to tackle marine plastic pollution in the Caribbean. The production has been released in relation to the organisation’s Plastic Waste-Free Islands (PWFI) initiative, which is part of its global Close to the Plastic Tap Programme, established in 2019. The program is being supported by a number of bigger institutions, such as the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Didier and Martine Primat Foundation.
The PWFI initiative aims to increase the efforts to support the Caribbean countries in their struggle to resolve the issue of plastic pollution, which greatly affects the health of ocean ecosystem. The region is claimed to be heavily polluted with an average of more than 2000 plastic items per kilometre. Therein, IUCN has allied with various key actors, amongst whom stakeholders, the private sector and civil society, aiming at establishing sustainable solutions to reduce plastic waste leakage into the oceans.
The three-minute video highlights the major challenges and informs on the next steps towards managing the subject of marine plastic pollution in the Caribbean.
The full IUCN article you can read here.