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Jakarta Post

Marine debris framework ‘good beginning’ but not enough

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Marine plastic debris has moved high up on the international environmental agenda — and for good reason. (Shutterstock/File)
Kharishar Kahfi
Jakarta   ●   Fri, July 5, 2019

Ocean Conservancy, an environmental campaigner, issued in 2015 a report that was damning for at least four nations in Southeast Asia, incriminating them for becoming the largest producers of marine plastic debris around the globe.

According to the report, more than 80 percent of plastic waste found in the ocean comes from land-based sources, including from landfills, because of improper dumping, poor locations, or lack of proper controls. More than half of the “land-based plastic-waste leakage originates in just five countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam”.

Since then, the region, as well as each of the incriminated countries, has been struggling to solve the matter in order to prevent more plastic debris from polluting the ocean. 

Such efforts eventually achieved a breakthrough four years later during a meetin...

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