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IUCN launches Call for Proposals to reduce plastic leakage into the ocean

IUCN has launched a Call for Proposals to support existing, small-scale circular economy initiatives that aim to reduce the amount of plastic leaking into the marine environment.

As part of its Marine Plastics and Coastal Communities (MARPLASTICCs) project implemented in Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Thailand and Viet Nam, IUCN will provide financial support of up to USD 50,000 in each target country for a period of 12 months.

Proposals should demonstrate that the project fosters strong cooperation and coordination between various stakeholders (including regulators, private sector, civil society) across the plastic value chain (production, transformation, waste, leakage) for enhanced plastic leakage reduction or avoidance; demonstrate how circular economy principles can be applied in practice and contribute to reduced or avoided leakage of plastics into the marine environment; and capture lessons to help others better develop sustainable plastic leakage reduction or avoidance measures.

Supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), MARPLASTICCs aims to reduce the amount of plastic pollution leaking into the marine environment in the five target countries by working through four interconnected pillars: Knowledge, Capacity, Policy and Business.

Interested parties are kindly invited to submit proposals no later than 31 May 2019.

More details about the call, and the application form, can be found on the IUCN website here.

For more information, please contact:

Ann Moey, Communications Lead, IUCN Plastics Programme; t: +66 2 6624029,

e: ann.moey@iucn.org

About International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,300 Member organisations and the input of more than 13,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

Website: www.iucn.org | Facebook: iucn.org | Twitter: IUCN

 About MARPLASTICCs

Plastic pollution has become a global problem threatening our environment, health and economies. If we do not act now, the problem will only get worse. Through the Marine Plastics and Coastal Communities (MARPLASTICCs) project, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), IUCN is working closely with governments, industries and society in Africa and Asia to reduce and control plastic pollution.

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