Plastic and other pollution

Every year, millions of tons of plastic end up in our ocean and rivers. However, plastics are only one type of pollution driving the decline in the health of our global ocean. The ocean is also threatened by eutrophication (nutrient load), sediment load, light pollution, marine resource extraction, noise, and chemical pollution.

IUCN is addressing the triple planetary crisis of pollution, biodiversity loss, and climate change and making a difference through science, policy, and projects which provide holistic solutions and resources to restore and revitalise our planet and our ocean.

IUCN is solution oriented

To better understand the extent of plastic and other pollution affecting our planet, IUCN is solution oriented.  By producing research, technical and policy guidance, economic analysis, circular economic models, and programmatic action, the efforts of IUCN provide hope for a healthier planet. 

Roughly 70%

of plastic pollution sinks to the ocean floor

22 countries

IUCN has implemented plastic pollution solutions around the globe
PWFI Plastics

A Blueprint to Zero Plastic Pollution

This resource is a complete Do-It-Yourself guide to reducing plastic waste on any island anywhere in the world. Plastic pollution is detrimental to our oceanic ecosystems, and the livelihoods and economies depending on it. 

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Story | 17 March, 2023
Our relationship with plastic needs rethinking: a Blueprint for the journey to zero plastic waste
IUCN, with Searious Business, has developed a complete Do-It-Yourself guide to reducing plastic…