BRS-Norad-1

The project ‘Marine litter and microplastics: promoting the environmentally sound management of plastic waste and achieving the prevention and minimization of the generation of plastic waste’ (BRS-Norad-1), financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), seeks to prevent and significantly reduce marine litter and microplastics by strengthening capacity in Bangladesh and Ghana as well as at the regional and global levels.

This objective is to be achieved through improved infrastructure and waste management systems, improved performance of the private sector, and strengthened global commitments and national and regional instruments. The project has been initiated in December 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2021. The activities of the project are structured across three components. The project document can be downloaded here.

Component 1: Controlling the transboundary movements (TBM) of plastic waste

The following activities will serve to enhance legal, policy and institutional capacity and improve decision-making to control the TBM of plastic waste:

  • Review and provide support to adjust national legal and institutional frameworks to ensure a sound legal basis to implement and enforce the control regime of the Basel Convention, in particular with respect to the TBM of plastic waste.
  • Develop national inventories of the import and export of plastic waste, establish sustainable mechanisms to update inventories and report relevant information in the Basel Convention national reporting format.
  • Promote effective control of TBM of plastic waste and build capacity to prevent cases of illegal traffic.

Component 2: Ensuring the environmentally sound management (ESM) of plastic

In order to increase information on plastic waste flows and enhance capacity to implement ESM of plastic waste, the following activities are being undertaken:

  • Develop an inventory toolkit, build capacity to use the toolkit and develop strategies for the ESM of plastic waste.
  • Develop a national inventory of plastic waste and a national strategy for the ESM of plastic waste in the target countries.
  • Develop recommendations for infrastructure requirements for the downstream management of plastic waste and for a sustainable system for a collection scheme of plastic waste, and pilot the scheme with the informal sector.
  • Review and strengthen national legal and institutional frameworks to ensure the ESM of plastic waste.

Component 3: Tackling source

Improved practices, designs and processes towards the prevention and minimization of plastic waste are to be achieved through the following activities:

- Collect best practices and technologies, develop strategies and pilot test them for awareness raising and ESM of plastic waste in the packaging sector.

- Collect best practices and technologies, develop strategies and pilot test them for awareness raising and ESM of plastic waste in the fishing sector.

- Collect best practices and technologies and pilot test them for preventing the releases of micro- and nano-plastics in wastewater.

Moreover, a range of awareness-raising and education materials are being developed and disseminated. Partners, stakeholders and experts have been engaged, inception meetings have been held, baseline studies have been undertaken and substantive activities are underway, for example the creation of national inventories of plastic waste, development of ESM strategies, and planning of pilot projects in the fisheries, packaging and wastewater sectors.

More information on the project can be found in this factsheet .

Click here have a glimpse of inception workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh.