Jamaica launches IMO-led project to tackle plastic waste in oceans

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Posted on Sep 17, 2021 1:23 AM by

The maritime executive

An IMO-led project to tackle plastic waste in the oceans is currently underway in Jamaica, one of the first countries to join the agency’s GloLitter partnership program.

The GloLitter project aims to build the capacities of countries to enable them to combat plastic pollution of the oceans, in particular waste from fishing and maritime operations. Studies have estimated that coastal communities send 4.8 to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste into the oceans each year, with negative impacts on marine species, human health, and maritime industries.

Certain maritime players also generate oceanic plastic, in particular nets and other gear resulting from fishing operations. The GloLitter Partnerships project aims to help developing countries reduce marine litter in the maritime and fisheries sectors, including ways to reduce the use of plastic on board.

Jamaica is one of 10 countries selected as lead partners in the $ 4.5 million program.

“As a Small Island Developing State (SID) with an open economy and heavy reliance on the blue economy for trade, tourism and fisheries, Jamaica is well positioned to benefit from the project,” said the cons. -Admiral Peter Brady (Retired.), the Managing Director of the Jamaica Maritime Authority. “We will be responsible for sharing our experience and best practices gained through the project with the rest of the Caribbean and other IDS.”

In Jamaica, the GloLitter program will address the recovery of lost and discarded fishing gear, and it will help establish port facilities and initiatives for the recycling and reuse of marine plastic litter. With financial support from the Norwegian government, the program will also hire a local consultant to help with institutional and legal reforms for marine litter prevention. The project runs until 2024.

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