The United Nations Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and 30 countries will work together to prevent and reduce marine debris.
Mexico City (apro). -The United Nations Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and 30 countries will work together to prevent and reduce marine debris.
Through the GloLitter project, agencies seek to reduce the use of plastics in transportation and fishing, and to recycle them to better protect the marine environment, human life and their livelihoods.
The plan will help implement best practices to prevent and reduce marine plastic waste, check the availability and condition of port facilities, seek to sensitize shipping and fishing sectors, and encourage gear marking. If they are discarded or lost at sea, they belong to their owners.
FAO and IMO have detailed that they will provide countries with technical assistance and training, guidance documents and strategies to help them comply with current regulations in the coming months.
In this sense, they will promote compliance with FAO instruments such as the Voluntary Guidelines for the Marking of Fishing Gear and the Global Ghost Net Initiative (those abandoned and threatening marine life initiatives).
The International Maritime Organization will also encourage countries to consider regulations prohibiting the discharge of plastics (including fishing gear) from ships into the sea, as well as regulating waste dumping on ships so that only certain types of waste are dumped.
The project also includes pilot initiatives with women-led organizations to establish public-private partnerships to reduce the use of plastic in the marine industry and identify opportunities for recycling plastic products or waste.
Brazil, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria and Vanuatu will become GloLitter’s main partners and will advocate for actions taken in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific.
Argentina, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, Gambia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga and Vietnam will participate as partner countries .