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Countries in East Asia and the Pacific are at the center of the marine plastics crisis - with some countries in the region representing the biggest contributors and others disproportionately affected by the impacts of marine plastic debris on their shores. 

The World Bank Group is supporting governments and businesses on plastic-smart solutions to #BeatPlasticPollution, promote a circular economy, and improve livelihoods for countries and communities across the region.  

Launch of the ASEAN Regional Action Plan for Combating Marine Debris

Drawing from inputs from regional stakeholders and the 10 ASEAN member states, the Regional Action Plan proposes an integrated approach to address marine plastic pollution.

BLOG: Plastic waste is a growing menace, and a wasted opportunity

Southeast Asia is a hot spot for plastic pollution. But local waste management infrastructure has not kept pace. Read the blog by Victoria Kwakwa and Alfonso Garcia Mora.

VIDEO: ASEAN Regional Action Plan for Combating Marine Debris

Learn how countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have expressed their strong commitment to tackling this growing environmental issue

WORLD BANK LIVE: Marine Plastics in East Asia and the Pacific

Tackling Marine Plastic pollution is a complex task, and COVID-19 has added new dimensions to the challenge—with reduced consumer demand for recycled or re-usable products. Watch the replay of the event.

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How the World Bank Group is addressing marine plastic pollution

Tackling marine plastic pollution and keeping our oceans healthy is directly linked to the World Bank Group’s mission of alleviating extreme poverty as billions of people, especially the poorest, rely on oceans for jobs and food.


Fighting against a tide of marine plastic as COVID-19 worsens problem

PROBLUE is a new Multi-Donor Trust Fund, housed at the World Bank, that supports the development of integrated, sustainable and healthy marine and coastal resources and contributes to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

Empty plastic bottles are gathered to be recycled

IFC and Blue Finance

Learn more on IFC's work with the private sector to effectively reduce marine plastics and to encourage sustainable and efficient approaches to manufacturing and waste management.


Indonesia's Sustainable Oceans Program (ISOP)

Indonesia's Sustainable Oceans Program (ISOP) is supporting Indonesia's transition to #BlueEconomy by increasing the economic, social, and environmental benefits from healthy coastal and marine ecosystems.