Plastic Waste in Remote and Mountainous Areas

The project ‘Plastic Waste in Remote and Mountainous Areas’, financed by the Government of Norway and the Government of France aims to strengthen capacity and awareness in remote and mountainous areas to reduce the amounts of plastic waste and to ensure its environmentally sound management (ESM). The implementation of activities at the global level is ongoing; meanwhile, countries are being identified for the implementation of pilot activities at the national level.

Remote and mountainous areas are among the most affected by plastic waste. A particular challenge is that such regions often lack the necessary infrastructure as well as the appropriate regulatory, policy and institutional frameworks to ensure the ESM of plastic waste. These challenges are compounded by a widespread lack of awareness among key stakeholders. Tourism – both related to mountaineering and winter sports – contributes significantly to the increasing volumes of plastic waste in remote and mountainous regions, in particular where adequate collection and processing systems are absent.

To address these challenges, the project features the following activities:

  1. Gather data and information on plastic waste in remote and mountainous areas, including in pilot countries
  2. Compile lessons learned, best practices and recommendations on the ESM of plastic waste in remote and mountainous areas, including in pilot countries, and provide targeted input/recommendations relevant for ski/mountaineering tourism
  3. Develop and disseminate education, outreach and awareness-raising materials on plastic waste in remote and mountainous areas
  4. Implement awareness-raising and training campaigns in the tourism sector in pilot countries.
  5. Undertake clean-up initiatives and install infrastructure at key tourism destinations with plastic waste hotspots in pilot countries
  6. Implement a plastic waste collection and disposal initiative at the mountainous Son-Kol in Naryn region.

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 2022. The project is being implemented in cooperation with Grid-Arendal.