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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.  

Southeast Asia Regional Program on Combating Marine Plastics (SEA-MaP)

The World Bank US$20 million grant for SEA-MaP aims to reduce plastic consumption, increase plastic recycling, and minimize plastic leakages in ASEAN Member States.

Beyond borders: Collaborative solutions to plastic pollution in Southeast ...

Southeast Asia is a hotspot for plastic pollution, but the region is resolving to turn the tide. Solutions need to cross borders. Read the blog by Benoit Bosquet.

Cambodia: Solid Waste and Plastic Management Improvement Project

Learn how a new World Bank project will help step up the country's fight against plastic waste.

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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.