Regional work

In 2019, the Global Plastic Action Partnership is launching action in key regions to accelerate the transition towards a circular plastic economy on the ground. Learning from these pilots and local leaders, action will be replicated and scaled into other regions committed to tackle the plastic challenge.


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With 265 million people and as ASEAN’s largest economy, Indonesia is a key player, regionally and globally. A growing economy and an archipelago geography have led to high levels of plastics leakage into the sea, rivers and other ecosystems to the point where it affects public health and important economic sectors such as tourism.

What we are doing

In March 2019, Indonesia joined forces with GPAP to launch the first National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP). More than 200 leaders and experts came together to pledge their commitment to collaboration and action, which included the ambitious target of reducing 70% of Indonesia's marine debris by 2025. View the full launch report.


Since March, the Indonesia NPAP has built its local governance structure, consisting of a Steering Board and an Expert Panel, and is developing a model analysis that will form the basis for the policy recommendations, industry guidelines and investment plans. Implementation will begin in 2020 under the leadership of NPAP decision-makers and with the support of the global GPAP community.

As GPAP’s first national engagement, Indonesia will provide key learnings and expertise invaluable in scaling action across other markets.


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With 29 million people and as Africa’s fourth fastest-growing economy, Ghana is a trailblazer in launching Africa’s first National Plastic Action Partnership. The Ghana partnership – a collaboration between the Ghanaian Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and GPAP, and supported by the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Facility – launched in Accra on October 1, 2019. View the full launch report.

Viet Nam

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With over 96 million people, a coastline of 3.260km and as 2020 chair of ASEAN, Viet Nam is a key player joining GPAP. The local Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and GPAP are currently preparing for the launch of Viet Nam’s National Plastic Action Partnership, scheduled to take place in Hanoi in early 2020.