£20m UK investment to tackle plastic in developing nations: An investment of £20 million has been reported for research into comprehending the effects of plastic pollution in developing countries.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is supporting 5 projects that consist of partnerships with researchers throughout 11 countries: China, Chile, Egypt, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Peru, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Tanzania & Vietnam.
The research projects will draw upon arts and humanities, economic and social, engineering, physical, environmental and life sciences to discover ways to mitigate the impacts of plastic pollution and lower its repercussion it has on communities & the environment.
They involve inspecting the impacts of using plastic mulch films in agriculture in 5 countries, the origin, pathways & endpoint of plastic waste in the Indonesian environment, coastal plastic pollution in Vietnam and waste management practices in Malawi & Tanzania.
The Reducing the Impacts of Plastic Waste in Developing Countries programme is backed via the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), a £1.5 billion investment made known in 2015 to support innovative research that addresses challenges dealt with in developing countries, where UKRI is a delivery partner.
Professor Sir Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair of the Natural Environment Research Council – which is heading up the programme inside UKRI stated: “Pollution caused by plastic waste is one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges and UKRI is at the forefront of funding research to find solutions. This investment of £20 million is a vital step in helping world-leading researchers develop realistic and feasible solutions to reduce plastic pollution while enabling equitable, sustainable growth.
“Our investment in international development research aims to positively impact the lives of millions of people across the world and supports global efforts to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”
£20m UK investment to tackle plastic in developing nations