Norway’s NOK 40 million contribution to IMO is for the establishment of the GloLitter project. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is also involved in this project. The funding from Norway will be used in implementing IMO’s action plan to prevent marine litter from shipping and fishing vessels.
‘Shipping and fisheries are a major source of marine litter, and Norway has considerable knowledge in this area. Through the The GloLitter project we will contribute to strengthen international efforts to fight plastic litter from shipping and fisheries. The Government is also working to achieve a comprehensive global agreement to combat marine plastic litter from all sources,’ said Minister of Climate and Environment, Ola Elvestuen.
Plastic litter and microplastic litter in rivers and the oceans is a growing environmental problem. Norway has been working systematically for some years to strengthen global governance structures to prevent marine litter.
In 2018, the Government established a development programme to assist developing countries in combating marine litter. NOK 1.6 billion has been allocated to the programme for the period 2019-2022.
‘This new agreement is a vital element of the Government’s development programme to combat marine litter and microplastics and essential in the Government’s efforts to promote clean and productive oceans,’ Mr Ulstein said.