The high-level meeting encouraged countries to set up action plans, at national and regional levels, to tackle this issue. However, in 2019, ASEAN member states launched ASEAN Framework of Action on Marine Debris as an optimistic way forward but needs to be translated into concrete regional plan of action through a legally binding mechanism with clear milestones and stakeholder roles.
At a national level, several countries have come up with their own plans to reduce plastics on land.
But there has been no specific plan to regulate marine plastic waste at a regional level. Each nation seems to have its own policy to manage waste in its territory.
In addition to each nation’s waste policy, countries in ASEAN should set up a regional action plan comprising common actions to reduce plastics in the oceans.
To ensure its effectiveness, we recommend these actions should be monitored and reported in the ASEAN high-level meeting as the ASEAN countries do not only receive waste from their own territories, but also from other countries in the world.
UOB makes no representation or warranty as to, neither has it independently verified, the accuracy or completeness of the information in this article. Any opinions or predictions reflect the writer's views as at the date of this article and are subject to change without notice.
Noir Primadona Purba
Noir Primadona Purba is a lecturer and researcher in the marine sector at Padjadjaran University. His research interest lies in oceanographic physics, marine debris and marine spatial planning.
Kirana Agustina is an engagement specialist at the National Plastic Action Partnership, World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia.
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