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The situation is alarming: 80% of marine waste comes from land-based activities, representing a flow of 1 million tonnes per year, which is likely to triple over the next 20 years. In order to slow down this alarming prognosis, and implement concrete measures, it is essential to gain a better understanding of transfer phenomena.

It is in this context and the spirit of general interest associations that the International Network of Basin Organisations (INBO) and its partners, the French solid waste partnership (FSWP), the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), have worked together to draw up a Handbook to learn and to act with the support of the French Biodiversity Agency (OFB). The aim is to raise awareness and inform those involved in the protection of aquatic ecosystems and waste management, as well as those less familiar with the issue, so that together they can make informed decisions and take concrete action. This manual covers all aspects of aquatic ecosystems: “From Source to Sea”, thanks to cases study from all over the world (Mekong, Europe, Togo, …). 

The handbook is part of a more global approach by the United Nations Environment Assembly (March 2022), which has adopted a resolution to negotiate a global treaty to combat plastic pollution by the end of 2024. 

Transfer of Waste and Plastics in Aquatic Environments
64 pages
Free access
Available in English, French, Spanish and Chinese

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