The GloLitter Partnership project will support 30 developing countries in preventing and reducing marine litter from the maritime transport and fisheries sector, which includes plastic waste such as lost or discarded fishing gear. The project was launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with initial funding from Norway.
In line with Goal 14 of the Global Sustainable Development Goals, the purpose of this project is to protect the marine environment. The GloLitter project will help developing countries apply best practices to prevent and reduce marine plastic waste. Activities will include encouraging the marking of fishing gear so that it can be found if lost or thrown into the sea. The next focus will be on the availability and adequacy of eligible port capacities and their connection to national waste management systems.
The nations participating in the GloLitter project are located in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific. They will also receive technical assistance and training, as well as guidance and other tools to help enforce existing regulations. The project will promote compliance with relevant international instruments, including voluntary guidelines for the marking of fishing gear and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), which contains regulations against the release of plastics into the sea.