Plastic pollution

Plastic pollution

The challenge

Eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the Ocean every year. Much of it comes via the world’s rivers, which act as conduits of trash from the world’s cities to the marine environment.

The action track

Stop growth in plastic pollution by 2025 by demonstrating ‘investable and scalable’ circular economy solutions in three coastal economies by 2020, ready to be adapted and implemented globally


SDG 14.1


Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP)

Pew Charitable Trusts

World Bank

Global Environment Facility

Governments of Ghana, Indonesia and a small island developing state.

REV Ocean and Plastic REVolution Foundation



Launch GPAP and engage first three countries

Launched GPAP, established MOUs with business and governments, identified partners to drive collaboration

Work with SystemIQ and Pew on data analysis and modelling to propel evidence-based action

Explored funding opportunities and strategy

Created a GPAP Steering Board and organized the first meeting


Launch of national partnerships in the 3 pilot countries and identify other candidates for system transformation

Showcase GPAP as a model of effective and impactful partnership

In 3 pilot countries:
- Map, identify and select local implementation partners
- Multi stakeholder platforms up-and-running
- Key projects identified, structured and financing triggered
- Implementing partners and innovations engaged in the roadmap development
- Support local partners to build delivery capacity
- Impact analysis models identified and review in progress
- Analytics completed and published
- Scalable success and positive momentum demonstrated
- Regional collaboration partners identified

Launch National Action Partnerships in Indonesia and Ghana to demonstrate positive momentum of institutional commitment to advance concrete local action on plastic pollution

Additional countries for catalytic intervention on plastic pollution identified where the Friends of Ocean Action can make a catalytic intervention

Map other global initiatives to scope how to ensure coordination and coherence

2020 and beyond

Projects implemented in pilot countries and showcased at UN Ocean conference

Projects in the countries up and running

Establish GPAP proof of concept with successful, active projects

Achieve funding to expand scope through to 2025

Showcase outcomes at UN Ocean Conference to demonstrate scalable, investable solutions ready to be adapted and replicated

Other action tracks