Policy Brief.2023

Accountability for Source-to-Sea Action on Plastic Pollution

This policy brief address the growing concern of plastic pollution in both freshwater bodies and the ocean as the detrimental effects of plastics and microplastics on the environment, economy, biodiversity, and human health are becoming increasingly apparent.

plastic waste floating on water with bridge on the background

The source-to-sea approach to preventing plastic pollution emphasizes the importance of providing resources to local waste and wastewater management teams to empower them to effectively manage plastic waste and eliminate sources of plastic pollution entering the environment. By implementing regional approaches to managing plastic waste, economies of scale can be achieved, and collaboration between upstream and downstream communities can greatly reduce plastic pollution in the entire source-to-sea system.

To effectively address plastic pollution throughout the source-to-sea system, it is essential for government, private sector, and civil society actors to work together to develop a shared vision for preventing plastic pollution. To bring this vision to fruition, all actors must take on a shared responsibility for implementing the various and complementary actions needed. Given the complexity of plastic pollution, these actions may be interdependent, with one actor’s success relying on the actions of others. Thus, it is crucial to understand these interdependencies and strengthen the relationships between actors in order to effectively prevent plastic pollution.

Design and accountability for source-to-sea action on plastic

Building on experience from other recent source-to-sea projects, the Design and Accountability for Source-to-Sea Action on Plastic project promotes a holistic approach to addressing the problem of plastics polluting our waterways and oceans.

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