Policy brief

A global plastics treaty and biodiversity: converging or conflicting regimes?

In this brief, IUCN presents its proposal for a specific article on “Biodiversity Aspects” in the future Plastics Treaty.

The inclusion of a dedicated article on biodiversity in the international legally binding instrument (ILBI) would:

  • Facilitate the coordination of obligations under existing MEAs
  • Ensure that the legal and scientific connections between plastic pollution, circular economy, and innovations across all phases of the plastic lifecycle and the protection of biodiversity, as well as the requirements under the GBF, are rooted in international law and in the national laws that implement the respective commitments.
  • Advance the interlinkages between plastic pollution and biodiversity in the context of international trade law.