IUCN has launched a Call for Proposals to support existing, small-scale circular economy initiatives that aim to reduce the amount of plastic leaking into the marine environment.
As part of its Marine Plastics and Coastal Communities (MARPLASTICCs) project implemented in Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Thailand and Viet Nam, IUCN will provide financial support of up to USD 50,000 in each target country for a period of 12 months.
Proposals should demonstrate that the project fosters strong cooperation and coordination between various stakeholders (including regulators, private sector, civil society) across the plastic value chain (production, transformation, waste, leakage) for enhanced plastic leakage reduction or avoidance; demonstrate how circular economy principles can be applied in practice and contribute to reduced or avoided leakage of plastics into the marine environment; and capture lessons to help others better develop sustainable plastic leakage reduction or avoidance measures.
IUCN will specifically support existing plastic leakage reduction actions that:
- Involve waste separation to reduce leakage at a scale that could form the basis of circular economy.
- Include stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society.
- Avoid, reduce, reuse/recycle/upcycle plastic waste.
- Can demonstrate significant plastic leakage reduction or avoidance.
- Demonstrates potential to scale or replicate, or feed into local and/or national action plans.
- Are willing to contribute to and share data about plastic leakage.