Duration: Six years
Budget: Approximately USD 9,000,000 (KRW 12 billion)
Participating countries: Philippines and Timor-Leste
Funding Agency: Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea)
Implementing Agency: PEMSEA
Supporting Agencies: KOEM, PNLG, PNLC, and other PEMSEA partners
East Asia is considered an ecologically important region, being home to one-third of the planet’s coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds. But it is also a hotspot for marine pollution including plastics. The Philippines is considered as one of the top five contributors to marine plastic pollution globally, while Timor-Leste is facing challenges in managing its wastes and plastics due to poor infrastructure and challenging geography.
The “Reducing Marine Plastics in the East Asian Seas Region” or the Marine Plastics Project is a six-year initiative between Partnership in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asian and the Republic of Korea through the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. It aims to reduce marine plastics in 10 local sites in the Philippines (6) and Timor-Leste (4) through improved governance and management, demonstration of best practices and innovative solutions, marine litter monitoring, and increasing capacity and awareness of the partner communities.
The Project targets ocean-bound plastics: within 50-kilometer from the shoreline, river inflow, and fishing-related plastics.
In the Philippines, the Marine Plastic Project is being implemented in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau and the Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Services, while in Timor-Leste, it is being implemented with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Forestry, Ministry of Tourism and Environment, and Ministry of State Administration.
The Marine Plastics Project aims to reduce marine plastics in 10 local sites in the Philippines and Timor-Leste through improved governance and management of marine plastics at the local government, demonstration of innovation and technology on marine plastics promoting circular economy, conduct of marine litter monitoring, and increased awareness and capacity of partner communities.
Download project brief here.