Plastic Waste in Remote and Mountainous Areas

The project ‘Plastic Waste in Remote and Mountainous Areas’, financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), aims to learn from regions successfully tackling the plastic waste problem and support other regions suffering from the problem to find suitable solutions for them.

Many communities in remote and mountainous areas face significant challenges in managing growing amounts of plastic waste. To address these challenges, the project seeks to achieve the following outcomes:

●  Strengthened practices ESM of plastic waste in remote and mountainous regions;

●  Raised awareness of tourists, local communities and on policy level about the negative impact of plastic waste on communities and the environment in remote and mountainous regions; and

●  Increased involvement of the private sector regarding the recycling of plastic-based textiles, minimization of plastic waste and sharing of knowledge about the life-cycle-approach of their products.

The project has been launched on the occasion of the International Mountain Day on 11 December 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is scheduled to be completed in 2021. The project will be implemented in three phases:

1. Collect best practices of the environmentally sound management of plastic waste and raise awareness for the problem within the tourism sector and industry.

2. Implement pilot projects applying the key lessons learned in phase I in two areas in developing countries.

3. Undertake communication and outreach activities to disseminate project findings to relevant institutions at the local, national and global level.