UNEP, Partners Explain Reasons For National Guidance On Plastic Pollution Hotspotting, Shaping Action

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Clean Lagos Initiative workers clearing refuse dump at Agege in Lagos. Photo: AKINOLA ARIYO

By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos

The development of “National Guidance for Plastic Pollution Hotspotting and Shaping Action” was necessitated by the ambition to provide a systematic structure for tackling plastic pollution, among other challenges posed by the environmental menace.

United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) gave the explanation in a report on “National Guidance for Plastic Pollution Hotspotting and Shaping Action” dated 20th July 2020 

It pointed out that the attention on plastic pollution has intensified in recent years among national governments and the global community, promoting the initiative on the Guidance.

“The ‘National Guidance for Plastic Pollution Hotspotting and Shaping Action’ (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Guidance’) aims to provide a structure for the methods of identifying plastic leakage ‘hotspots’, finding their impacts along the entire plastic value chain, and then prioritising actions once these hotspots are identified. 

“Co-developed by UNEP, IUCN and the Life Cycle Initiative, the Guidance sprung from our desire to address the challenge to define an effective strategy to address plastic pollution, in a systemic way. It is aimed at enabling countries, regions, or cities to take and use this structure, or framework, in their own environments,” UNEP elaborated.

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