With a population of 250 million, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country and second-largest plastic polluter in the world after China. The country produces 3.2 million tonnes of unmanaged plastic waste a year, of which about 1.29 million tonnes ends up in the sea (Jambeck, 2015). In addition, approximately 10 billion plastic carry bags, equal to 85,000 tonnes, are released into its local environment each year (MoEF, 2018). This unmanaged plastic waste has also affected Indonesian rivers and the ocean.
SEA of Solutions 2019 is the first annual partnership week convened by SEA circular.
SEA circular is an initiative from the UN Environment Programme and the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) to inspire market-based solutions and encourage enabling policies to solve marine plastic pollution at source.
The Circular and Biomimicry Built Environment Group has opened on the SDG Community of Practice! This Group is a collaborative space for Circular and Biomimicry Build Environment enthusiasts under the SDGs.
Upcycling Plastic Waste for Rural Road Construction in India: An Alternative Solution to Technical Challenges
India seeks to improve rural connectivity through the Rural Road Program or Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadhak Yojana (PMGSY). This working paper highlights how PMGSY has addressed challenges through the use of upcycled plastic waste.
The overall implementation of PMGSY has faced several challenges mostly associated with cost, availability of materials, technology readiness, and restricted specifications. One innovative way by which the Government of India is addressing these challenges is through the use of plastic waste as an alternative material for rural road construction.
The Consumer Information Programme invites you to join the release of its new report: "Can I recycle this?" - A Global Mapping and Assessment of Standards, Labels and Claims on Plastic Packaging. The report assesses labels and claims on plastic packaging, based on a consultation of experts and the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information.
This webinar addressed some of these gaps focusing on the following questions:
- Why is the evidence review a key step in the development of FBDGs?
- What are the main processes involved? What is the current FAO process for conducting an evidence review?
- What are some challenges and responses in LMICs?
The webinar also highlighted two country cases and present FAO’s current work in this field.