Plastics Pollution Governance Framework Network Project

The project demonstrates the global, collaborative scope of global engagement networks.

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By looking at plastics as part of the circular economy, this GCRF network offers an exciting and important chance to join academics, industry and community groups to improve social structures for our citizens. If plastic waste can be incorporated into a circular economy, then it is no longer waste but part of a sustainable solution that can provide employment.

Researchers will be working with academics, businesses and stakeholders from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Malawi, as well as in the UK, Denmark, Sweden and the Caribbean.

Aims and objectives

The project's goal is to share knowledge and expertise around plastics governance approaches in developing countries to reduce environmental pollution by reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering waste material, thereby retaining them in the value chain for longer.

The project does this by establishing a Plastics Pollution Governance Framework Network which will identify different approaches taken to the governance of plastics including enforcement and compliance techniques across developing countries. It aims to identify the pressures driving plastic pollution, attitudes amongst different stakeholders, impacts and the mitigation of those impacts, and devise new and innovative forms of governance, providing the evidence to support real policy change.

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The network project will build knowledge and expertise around different governance approaches to plastics waste across Development Assistance Committee (DAC)-listed countries. 

This information will be lodged on the website database and will be publicly accessible. The database will be a forum for knowledge and information exchange.

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