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Marine Plastic Debris and Asia(2021_1_40_007)


Developing countries in Asia, such as China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, and Thailand are regarded as a main source of marine plastics. In these countries, as income grows, the consumption of plastics increases, while waste is not sufficiently collected and disposed of. Against this backdrop, Japan, the E.U., and various international organizations such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are supporting developing countries in Asia toward transferring marine plastic monitoring technology, formulating action plans, and developing capacity for waste management and recycling. Asian countries are also making effort to reduce plastic leakage into the ocean.

In this study, it will be clarified what kinds of efforts are being made to deal with the problem of marine plastic debris, mainly in Asian developing countries, and what kinds of challenges exist in advancing countermeasures. In addition, some Japanese experience worthy of sharing with Asian countries will be identified, such as in the expansion of waste collection and proper disposal during the 1970s, along with the promotion of plastics recycling.


April 2021 - March 2022

Leader of the Research Project

Kojima Michikazu


Published by External Publisher (Japanese) , Briefing to Policy Makers, Seminar/Lecture