Publications

Perceptions on plastic waste: Insights, interventions and incentives to action from businesses and consumers in South-East Asia

Date: June 2020

Language: English

This report identifies how consumers and food and beverage businesses perceive plastic waste issues in five South-East Asian countries estimated to be major contributors of marine plastic litter: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.

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OECD Ocean Policies database

Date: June 2020

Language: English

Explore OECD’s Policies in practice, demonstrating real-world ocean policy action. Search for examples from all over the globe extracted from OECD’s cross-cutting ocean-related publications, including marine biodiversity and ecosystem services, coastal adaptation and resilience, fisheries and aquaculture, marine plastics pollution and sustainable ocean finance. OECD has also developed the OECD environment & sustainable ocean economy database.

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Right to a healthy environment: good practices

Date: June 2020

Language: English

This publication describes good practices of States in recognizing the right to live in a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, as well as in implementing the procedural and substantive elements of this right. A report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment- with support from UNEP, as part of our work to advance environmental rights.

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Plastics Policy Inventory

Date: June 2020

Language: English

The Plastics Pollution Policy Inventory is a searchable database consisting of public policy documents targeting plastic pollution. This database was built using a robust methodological process developed with the support of research librarians and experts on public policy databases. The inventory currently includes over 290 downloadable policies with the intent to address plastic pollution by subnational, national, and international level governments, and is growing based on stakeholder input and continued research. 

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20 Years of Government Responses to the Global Plastic Pollution Problem

Date: May 2020

Language: English

This study aims to synthesize the policy response of governments to the global plastic pollution problem, as a basis for more rigorous monitoring of progress (as called for in Resolution 4/6 of the 2019 United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) meeting) and to inform future public policies.

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Can I Recycle This? A Global Mapping and Assessment of Standards, Labels and Claims on Plastic Packaging

Date: May 2020

Language: English

This report provides a global mapping and assessment of standards, labels and claims on plastic packaging. The findings of this report map the current landscape of consumer information, highlighting good practices and areas where action should be taken. An international, cross-sector consultation revealed five key insights and recommendations for clearer and more effective consumer communication on plastic packaging.

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SEA circular country profile: Cambodia

Date: May 2020

Language: English

This SEA circular country profile for Cambodia covers the socio-economic profile of Cambodia, and the coastal and marine ecosystem and economy. It details the plastics and packaging production and usage status and covers aspects of solid waste management - and the impact of both of these factors on marine litter status. Actions taken on marine plastics are detailed, covering government actions and the private sector. Global, regional and national policy frameworks related to Cambodia are detailed.

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SEA circular country profile: Singapore

Date: May 2020

Language: English

This SEA circular country profile for Singapore covers the socio-economic profile of Singapore, and the coastal and marine ecosystem and economy. It details the plastics and packaging production and usage status and covers aspects of solid waste management - and the impact of both of these factors on marine litter status. Actions taken on marine plastics are detailed, covering government actions and the private sector. Global, regional and national policy frameworks related to Singapore are detailed.

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Changing Sails: Accelerating Regional Actions for Sustainable Oceans in Asia and the Pacific

Date: May 2020

Language: English

Produced in line with the 76th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the theme study Changing Sails: Accelerating Regional Actions for Sustainable Oceans in Asia and the Pacific explores the key areas around which regional platforms can rally interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral solutions for the ocean. It highlights the lack of data and statistics on the ocean, the growing demand for moving towards inclusive and green maritime shipping, deteriorating fish stocks and gaps in fisheries management and the mounting pressure of marine plastic pollution.

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PEMSEA Annual Report 2019: Gearing up for the next decade of healthy oceans

Date: May 2020

Language: English

In the past year, concerted efforts to scale up the implementation of the 2018-2022 Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) meant PEMSEA and its partner countries surpassed its integrated coastal management (ICM) targets ahead of schedule. Targeting to achieve at least 25% coverage of the region’s coastline by 2021, ICM coverage of the region’s coastline is now estimated at 37.9% as of December 2019.

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SEA circular country profile: China

Date: May 2020

Language: English

This SEA circular country profile for China covers the socio-economic profile of China, and the coastal and marine ecosystem and economy. It details the plastics and packaging production and usage status and covers aspects of solid waste management - and the impact of both of these factors on marine litter status. Actions taken on marine plastics are detailed, covering government actions and the private sector. Global, regional and national policy frameworks related to China are detailed.

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SEA circular country profile: South Korea

Date: May 2020

Language: English

This SEA circular country profile for South Korea covers the socio-economic profile of South Korea, and the coastal and marine ecosystem and economy. It details the plastics and packaging production and usage status and covers aspects of solid waste management - and the impact of both of these factors on marine litter status. Actions taken on marine plastics are detailed, covering government actions and the private sector. Global, regional and national policy frameworks related to South Korea are detailed.

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SEA circular country profile: Indonesia

Date: May 2020

Language: English

This SEA circular country profile for Indonesia covers the socio-economic profile of Indonesia, and the coastal and marine ecosystem and economy. It details the plastics and packaging production and usage status and covers aspects of solid waste management - and the impact of both of these factors on marine litter status. Actions taken on marine plastics are detailed, covering government actions and the private sector. Global, regional and national policy frameworks related to Indonesia are detailed.

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Working With the Environment to Protect People: UNEP’s COVID-19 Response

Date: May 2020

Language: English

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) stands with the billions of people suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic. The immediate priority is to protect them. But UNEP also has a duty to help nations build back better after the pandemic to increase resilience to future crises. This publication outlines UNEP's responses: The medical & humanitarian emergency phase; Working towards a transformational change for nature and people; Investing to build back better, and; Modernizing global environmental governance.

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SEA circular country profile: Malaysia

Date: April 2020

Language: English

This SEA circular country profile for Malaysia covers the socio-economic profile of Malaysia, and the coastal and marine ecosystem and economy. It details the plastics and packaging production and usage status and covers aspects of solid waste management - and the impact of both of these factors on marine litter status. Actions taken on marine plastics are detailed, covering government actions and the private sector. Global, regional and national policy frameworks related to Malaysia are detailed.

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SEA circular country profile: Viet Nam

Date: April 2020

Language: English

This SEA circular country briefing for Viet Nam covers the socio-economic profile of Viet Nam, and the coastal and marine ecosystem and economy. It details the plastics and packaging production and usage status and covers aspects of solid waste management - and the impact of both of these factors on marine litter status. Actions taken on marine plastics is detailed, covering government actions and the private sector. Global, regional and national policy frameworks related to Viet Nam are detailed.

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SEA circular country profile: The Philippines

Date: April 2020

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This SEA circular country briefing for the Philippines covers the socio-economic profile of the Philippines, and the coastal and marine ecosystem and economy. It details the plastics and packaging production and usage status and covers aspects of solid waste management - and the impact of both of these factors on marine litter status. Actions taken on marine plastics is detailed, covering government actions and the private sector. Global, regional and national policy frameworks are detailed, incorporating fiscal incentives.

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The Ocean Finance Handbook: Increasing finance for a healthy ocean

Date: March 2020

Language: English

The Ocean Finance Handbook takes stock of the current ocean-scape of finance and provides an introduction to those seeking to increase their understanding of finance and investment in the sustainable blue economy. The Ocean Finance Handbook provides a concise summary of the various means by which finance flows to the ocean can be enhanced, to support the development of the sustainable blue economy.

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Update of 2009 APEC Report on Economic Costs of Marine Debris to APEC Economies

Date: March 2020

Language: English

This publication from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE), Ocean and Fisheries Working Group (OFWG) proposes national waste governance plans to address marine debris “hot spots”, provide technical litter traps on rivers to improve marine debris prevention and remediation, and promote private sector and public involvement in models that extend both producer and consumer responsibility. The report has four case studies of best practice and ends by making recommendations for moving forward, illustrating preventative marine debris measures that may benefit marginalized groups in the APEC region.

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SEA circular Issue Brief 01: A human rights-based approach to preventing plastic pollution

Date: March 2020

Language: English

This Issue Brief gives an overview of the links between human rights, the environment and marine pollution and discusses a human rights based approach (HRBA) for more equitable and effective marine litter interventions.

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