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Plastic Pollution: UK Approves £16.2m To Developing Countries

UK government has approved £16.2 million to tackle plastic pollution in developing countries, Nigeria inclusive.

Gatekeepers News reports that the UK gave the approval through its Blue Planet Fund project to tackle climate change and protect the world’s oceans.

A part of the funds will go towards the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP), a programme of the World Economic Forum, which has Nigeria as a participant country.

Programmes expected to be financed from the funding will focus on marine protection and tackling plastic pollution in Nigeria, Ghana, Indonesia, Vietnam, among others.

Part of the statement read: “Marine pollution, including plastic pollution, is a significant pressure on the marine environment – not only does it threaten key species and ecosystems in the world’s ocean, it also affects the health and livelihoods of those living in coastal regions.

“A share of the £16.2m will also go towards the expansion of the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP)’s pioneering work in developing countries and facilitate a united effort against plastic waste globally.

“Since its launch in 2018, GPAP secured a commitment by Indonesia to reduce 70% of mismanaged waste by 2025 and a commitment by Viet Nam to reduce marine plastic waste by 75% by 2030, among others.

“The UK is also leading calls for a new global ‘30by30’ target to protect at least 30% of the land and at least 30% of the ocean by 2030. Over eighty countries now support the marine protection target, and the Blue Planet Fund will help make sure that 30by30 becomes a reality.”

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