Japan donates $3 million to fight marine plastic waste

The Japanese government will provide a $3 million grant to help Cambodia fight marine plastic pollution and promote a responsible cycle of using, reusing and recycling all forms of plastic waste.

The grant will fund an anti-waste project to be implemented by the Ministry of Environment, the National Council for Sustainable Development and UN Development Programme (UNDP), according to a press release after a signing ceremony between Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami and UNDP Resident Representative in Cambodia Nick Beresford on November 25.

The project aims to prevent and minimise plastic waste pollution on land and in the oceans through the promotion and application of the 4Rs principle of refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle.

Mikami said marine plastic pollution had become one of the largest environmental crises in the world. He said the Japanese government had launched a new initiative to advance effective action against marine plastic pollution at the G20 Osaka Summit in 2019.

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