Combating Marine Plastic Debris
A session by Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs
Date : Monday, 13 November 2017
Time : 10.30 – 12.00
Venue : Indonesia Pavilion at COP 23, Bonn Zone, Number A02, Bonn, Germany
Marine debris has regarded as one of the most significant problems for marine environment and has been viewed as a perceived threat to biodiversity. In Indonesia, marine debris issue has become one of the most pressing topics to be solved due to the damaging factor it brings to the economy, wildlife, and the environment. Almost 75% of all marine debris is plastic. These discarded plastics will be degraded and fragmented into millions of microplastic pieces. These tiny particles have been accumulating in the marine environment over the last four decades and are likely to increase in abundance given the current dependence of a growing human population on the use of persistent plastics.
An important milestone in the management of marine plastic debris in Indonesia is the completion of the Indonesian National Actions Plan on Marine Debris (Marine Debris NAP), with the implementation on Reduction of Marine Plastic Debris in the territorial waters, Management of Marine Plastic Debris, Improvement of Research and Innovation on Marine Plastic Debris, and Law enforcement to reduce Marine Plastic Debris.
1. To share and exchange the experience, knowledge and information on the prevalence and impacts of marine debris in different marine areas and population
2. To discuss the possible measures of debris removal initiatives
3. To determine the viable technology interventions and measures to mitigate plastic pollution in marine and coastal habitat
4. To generate information that may be considered in the formulation of COP 23 UNFCCC outcomes
1. Enhanced knowledge and updated information for building an effective management of marine plastic debris in Indonesia
2. Recommendation of the strategic actions for the future