Pacific plastics guide included at UN meeting
Regulating plastics in Pacific Island Countries: a guide for policymakers and legislative drafters, produced by EDO NSW with SPREP and EDO ACT, was included as an information document at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting in late 2018.
This was an Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) held in Bali, Indonesia, on 31 October and 1 November 2018.
These meetings are organised every five years to review the progress made by countries in the implementation of the GPA through their respective National Action Plans. This last fourth meeting was attended by government representatives of 59 countries and various organisations.
The guide was the result of EDO NSW’s work with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and with EDO ACT to produce a document containing the policy foundations and high level policy settings for key areas of plastics regulation in Pacific Island Countries (PICs). Existing laws, alternatives and relevant research were included to inform policymakers and legislative drafters of the relevant PIC.
UNEP/GPA is the only global initiative aimed at addressing the connectivity between terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems by providing guidance to national and/or regional authorities. The GPA secretariat has established and is strengthening global multi-stakeholder partnerships, including the Global Partnership on Marine Litter. It is therefore a significant initiative which influences global policy dealing with marine plastic pollution.