In June 2018, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced its intention to form a coalition of leading businesses and governments around the world, uniting efforts to tackle the global plastics pollution crisis. Working towards ambitious commitments, underpinned by common definitions and a united vision for action, it will build on the momentum created by the Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative.
Co-Founder of Closed Loop Partners launches Circulate Capital, a new impact-focused investment management company, in partnership with Ocean Conservancy with a goal to prevent marine plastic pollution in South and Southeast Asia.
A Source to Sea Approach examines marine litter along the water continuum from the watershed on land, and through aquatic systems that drain to the ocean, as well as from a land leakage perspective. Plastics dominate marine litter at 80% and is estimated to cost the world at least US$8 billion dollars per year in economic impacts. Knowing what generates and drives plastic flows from land reveals how best to minimize and prevent such fluxes and thus alleviate choking of ecosystems by plastic.
With a mandate from 108 countries at its establishment in 1995, the GPA is short for the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) and Marine Litter. It is the only global intergovernmental mechanism to address the connectivity among terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems. The GPA Secretariat coordinates three global multi-stakeholder partnerships: the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM), the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML), and the Global Wastewater Initiative (GWI).
With UN Environment leading the project implementation and funding provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the inaugural meeting of the project “Addressing Marine Plastics: A Systemic Approach” was convened in February 2018 at the UN Environment Office in Paris.