According to a new UNEP
report published in 2015 based on available
current scientific evidence, the adoption of
plastic products labelled as ‘biodegradable’ will
not bring about a significant decrease either in
the quantity of plastic entering the ocean or the
risk of physical and chemical impacts on the
Are we polluting the environment through our
personal care? Find the answer from the 2015 UNEP
The business case for
measuring, managing and disclosing plastic use in
the consumer goods industry.
On 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake occurred off the Pacific coast of Japan. One year after the disaster, the environmental, economic and social costs are still unfolding. This report was prepared with focus on the enormity of the post-disaster debris challenge and documents the response by the people of Japan and key lessons learned one year after the event.
This book, prepared by a team of well-known authors (Ljubomir Jeftic, Seba Sheavly and Ellik Adler), contains current information with regional assessments and action plans for the management of marine litter in 12 regional seas, including NOWPAP region. It also contains recommendations for addressing the problems associated with marine litter worldwide.
Prepared in cooperation with the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), this report was designed as a practical reference for decision makers and relevant organizations on how to select and apply economic tools (such as incentives for fishermen for removal of debris, plastic bag charges, deposit-refund programs, etc.) to address problems associated with marine litter. This report will also assist policymakers in deciding whether the conditions are favorable and which economic tools could potentially be effective. The proposed market-based instruments might be applied in dealing with marine litter problems in any region, including NOWPAP. The UNEP ROAP press-release for this publication can be found here.
This document, prepared by UNEP and IOC UNESCO, developed a set of standardized operational guidelines for beach, benthic and floating litter assessments. Simplified guidelines, which can be used during beach cleanup campaigns, are also included.
This document, prepared under a collaborative partnership between FAO and UNEP Regional Seas Programme, profiles a variety of measures currently being taken to reduce ALDFG. It reviews the magnitude and composition of ALDFG and, while noting that information is not comprehensive and does not allow any global estimates, suggests that gill nets and fishing traps/pots may be the most common type. It concludes by making a number of recommendations for future action to reduce ALDFG. A short newspaper article on this issue can be found here.