Sunday 25 October, 2020

Caribbean Clean Seas Campaign launched in T&T

Photo courtesy the International Coastal Cleanup Trinidad and Tobago

Photo courtesy the International Coastal Cleanup Trinidad and Tobago

Several NGOs came together for the launch of the Caribbean Clean Seas Campaign Trinidad and Tobago, in an effort to cut down on the country’s marine waste.

The event was held by the Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development (CNIRD) and the International Coastal Clean Up Trinidad
and Tobago initiative at the House of Angostura, Port of Spain, on October 22, 2019.

Program Manager at the Global Partnership on Marine Litter – Caribbean Node, Fadilah Ali, said partnerships with other organisations such as the Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development, which is the national coordinator for the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup in Trinidad and Tobago, and others, is important if Trinidad and Tobago is to effectively solve the issue of marine pollution.

Marine litter knows no boundaries, and once an item is disposed, it is at the mercy of wind and ocean currents. The scale of the marine litter problem demands a global response. Everyone has a part to play: governments, businesses and even individuals. There is no silver-bullet solution and plastic pollution cannot be neutralized by one sector of society or a single country,” the group said in a social media post.

The Caribbean Node of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML-Caribe) represents a partnership for national and regional organizations, governments, research, and technical agencies and individuals, that work together to reduce the quality and impact of marine litter in coastal zones of the Wider Caribbean Region. The Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) is currently the co-host together with UNEP Cartagena Convention Secretariat & Caribbean Environment Programme

Some of the main roles of GPML-Caribe include:

- Sharing best practices and case studies

- Facilitating discussions on barriers and solutions

- Encouraging regional-level proposals to compile best practices, gap analyses (e.g., socio-economic aspects) and assimilate guidance on technical methods and protocols

- Updating key stakeholders on state of knowledge of technical marine litter issues

Launched in 2017, the Clean Seas campaign works with governments, businesses and citizens to eliminate the needless use of disposable plastics and protect our oceans and rivers from a toxic tide of pollution that is endangering livelihoods and killing wildlife. The alliance now covers more than 60 per cent of the world’s coastlines.

Government said a ban on the importation of Styrofoam containers will take effect from January 2020 and is also pushing for the recycling of plastic items.

Government has a mandate to ensure 10 percent of its energy output comes from renewable sources by 2021, as part of its Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)

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