5 Touristic Sites are Targeted for Marine Plastic Waste Campaign

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Jakarta (Greeners) – Coordinating Ministry on Maritime Issues targeted marine plastic waste management on five touristic sites, — Toba Lake, Tanjung Kelayang, Mandalika, Labuhan Bajo, Borobudur and Toraja –, by 2018, said Safri Burhanuddin, Deputy for Human Resources, Science Technology and Culture, at the ministry, in a statement, on Wednesday (6/9).

“We have a Quick Win target to fight marine plastic waste in those touristic sites on 2018,” said Burhanuddin when giving keynote speech at Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) High-Level Meeting on Accelerating Waste Management Solutions to Reduce Marine Litter.

Furthermore, he underlined that environmental awareness through education and improved facilities for marine waste management in small islands and coastal areas will take major roles in the effort.

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He added that main threats of marine and coastal biodiversity were marine plastic waste and micro plastic.

Experts from United Nations stated that 83 percent of marine litter in the oceans and beaches were plastic, which required integrated management from policy to implementation level to tackle this issue.

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Indonesia, he said, has been developing National Action Plan on Marine Plastic Waste, comprise of four main pillars, — change behavioral, reduce waste from terrestrial, reduce plastic in coastal and oceans, and law enforcement, funding mechanism, research and technology, and institutionalization.

“In line with this national action plan, bilateral and regional collaboration as much as cooperation between the government and private sectors are being built up to control marine plastic waste. This effort needs to be done through monitoring and collecting marine plastic waste using relevant technology to ensure the results,” he added.

Reports by Danny Kosasih