Marine plastic litter is one of the most serious environmental problems today. Every year, an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic waste enters the world’s oceans. This volume is expected to double by 2030 and quadruple by 2050. Around 80-90 % of the waste originates on land. In many developing countries, particularly those that are experiencing rapid economic growth, waste quantities are increasing but there are no proper waste management systems that can prevent plastic waste from ending up in the sea.
‘Unless the world changes course, there is a risk that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea 30 years from now. Our development programme is a key contribution to efforts to prevent plastic and other litter from developing countries from ending up in the sea,’ said Mr Astrup.
‘Norway is playing a leading role in the global effort to eliminate marine litter. The Government is proposing to increase funding for Norway’s development programme to combat marine litter by NOK 130 million in 2018. This programme is a key element of the Government’s general focus on the oceans, and an important contribution to the global efforts for clean and healthy oceans,’ said Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup.