UN and EU adopt new roadmap to tackle marine pollution

They aim to support the conservation of marine biodiversity and ecosystems and keep the world’s oceans healthy, cleaner and resilient

The Big Zero report

The European Commission and UN Environment have agreed to address the threats of pollution and marine litter under a new roadmap.

The ‘2018 Oceans Roadmap 2.0’ aims to support the conservation of marine biodiversity and ecosystems and keep the world’s oceans healthy, cleaner and resilient.

Under the agreement, the two organisations reaffirmed their commitments to protect the world’s oceans and seas by addressing land-based sources to combat marine pollution and contributing to the implementation of relevant targets and sustainable development goals.

The news follows the Commission’s proposals for new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on beaches and seas.

Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment said: “It takes bold commitments from governments, business and individuals to really tackle the root causes of marine pollution. The European Commission is taking these big, powerful steps in the direction of cleaner seas.”

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