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World Oceans Day in East Asia and Pacific

There is currently an estimated 150 million tons of plastic in the world’s oceans, a number that could reach 250 million tons in less than 10 years if current trends in urbanization, production and consumption continue. [1] And if unsustainable fishing practices and deterioration of coastal and marine ecosystems continue, by 2050 there will be no usable fish stocks in the Asia Pacific Region [2].

In these uncertain times, people across East Asia Pacific – scientists, traditional boat captains, academics and passionate volunteers and advocates – are all finding creative ways to fight back against the biggest threats to the health of our oceans, such as marine pollution and plastic waste, as well as unregulated fishing.

For World Oceans Day 2020, we’re getting to know some of the innovators and oceans champions across East Asia and the Pacific that are building inspiring solutions, big and small, to improve the health of our oceans.

Meet the Innovators Protecting Our Oceans in East Asia and Pacific

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Preventing Marine Plastics: A Circularity Approach

The infographic explains how the World Bank and PROBLUE’s efforts to transform the lifecycle of plastic are helping build a better world for all, especially for the poor and vulnerable.

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Indonesia: Marine Debris Hotspot

The World Bank produced this rapid assessment to support Indonesia, one of the largest producers of plastic waste, and its response to the alarming volume of marine plastic debris in our oceans.

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Solving Marine Pollution

The report provides a menu of pollution abatement options to help countries and their development partners improve the health and productivity of coastal and ocean areas.

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World Oceans Day 2019 in East Asia Pacific

For World Oceans Day 2019, we put the spotlight on innovators working to stem the tide of marine debris in the epicenter of this crisis. Get to know their stories.