Amid rising concerns for marine plastic waste, Indonesia allocates three percent of its state budget to support regions developing their sustainable marine tourism.
Ministry of Marine and Fisheries allocates two and a half billion rupiah on plastic waste management facilities, as part of Love Ocean Movement or Gita Laut, a program initiated by Spatial Planning directorate general to preserve oceans.
Government is setting up programs, regulations, and national action plans to reduce plastic waste in Indonesia.
Based on People’s Coalition for Fisheries Justice (KIARA) data, 1.29 million tons of waste dumped into the rivers and ended up in the oceans in May 2018. Out of that number, 13,000 plastic waste per square kilometer.
A senior official on Friday (4/5) encouraged all Southeast Asia nation to develop policies and strategies to achieve sustainable city in the effort to tackle complex and dynamic environmental issues.