Pollution and the growing volumes of solid and hazardous wastes are major threats to the environments and sustainable development of the Pacific islands and their protected areas. Globalisation is accelerating the transition of Pacific communities towards consumer economies, with increasing urbanisation, migration, and participation in international trade. This is resulting in an escalation in the generation of solid and liquid wastes, and these increase the risk of coastal and marine pollution. The lack of controls on imported chemicals and the lack of capacity for managing pollutants threaten to undermine the quality and health of vulnerable ecosystems on which Pacific islanders depend.
Below are a few key resources on marine and terrestrioal waste
Stay up to date with the latest developments in Hazardous Waste Management, Liquid Waste Management, Marine and Terrestrial Pollution, and Solid Waste Management by visiting the Waste Management and Pollution Control Division at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
'The Future is Now: Science for Sustainable Development' - Global Sustainable Development Report 2019
5 Gyres Institute
The 5 Gyres Institute has led the effort to research aquatic plastic pollution and to find solutions for regaining a plastic-free ocean.
Change in Terrestrial Human Footprint Drives Continued Loss of Intact Ecosystems
Cleaner Pacific 2025: Pacific Regional Waster and Pollution Management Strategy
Extent and reproduction of coastal species on plastic debris in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre
Global Partnership on Marine Litter
Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities
The Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) is the only global intergovernmental mechanism directly addressing the connectivity between terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosys
IMPACTS OF PLASTIC POLLUTION ON FRESHWATER AQUATIC, TERRESTRIAL AND AVIAN MIGRATORY SPECIES IN THE ASIA AND PACIFIC REGION
International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)
International Pellet Watch
Marine pollution originating from purse seine and longline fishing vessel operations in the Western and Central Pacific region, 2003-2015
National Ballast Water Management Strategies
NOAA Marine Debris Program
The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts free from the impacts of marine debris.
Pacific Regional Action Plan - Marine Litter 2018-2025
Pacific Waste Education Handbook
Welcome to the Pacific Waste Education Handbook, created for educators and community facilitators to reduce waste in the Pacific.
Reporting and retrieval of lost fishing gear: recommendations for developing effective programmes
The environmental effects of mining waste disposal at Lihir Gold Mine, Papua New Guinea
The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics
The Republic of the Marshall Islands - State of Environment Report 2016
Vanuatu National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan [NBSAP] 2018-2030
Video - Plastic Paradise (English Version) - Long
Where to Pick up Ocean Plastic
Where to Pick up Ocean Plastic
THE BEST PLACES TO PICK UP OCEAN PLASTIC AREN’T THE BIG GARBAGE PATCHES