Encouraging start, but Asean has to go beyond its pledge to tackle marine waste

June 26, 2019 EcoVadis ‏‏‎


Governments in Southeast Asia must tackle the root cause of plastic pollution by rolling out policies to cut the amount of single-use plastics produced, said environmentalists, even as they welcomed the latest pledge by regional leaders to combat marine debris. The framework adopted at the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit last weekend fell short of truly addressing the problem, said activists. The Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in Asean Region focuses more on waste management, but there is a need to cut production of single-use plastics so that they do not end up as waste, they said.



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