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  • Indonesia Needs 18 Billion Dollars of Investment to Achieve Zero Marine Plastic Waste by 2040

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) report stated that around 4.8 million tons of plastic waste are not managed properly every year. Additionally, 620 thousand tons of them go into the sea and putting its ecosystem in danger. Meanwhile, marine health is very important for the economy and welfare of the people in an archipelagic country like Indonesia. Also, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a surge in the amount of waste that could worsen this situation. As a result, the government's efforts to target a 70 percent reduction in plastic waste in the oceans by 2025 and achieve zero marine plastic waste in 2040 through the realization of a circular economy are threatened.


  • Why collaboration in the ASEAN region is vital to tackle plastic waste in the oceans

    A study in 2015 by Jenna Jambeck, an oceanographer from the United States (US), revealed six out of 11 Southeast Asian countries are in the top 20 countries that mismanage their plastic waste. Indonesia is in second place, followed by the Philippines (third), Vietnam (fourth), and Thailand (sixth), Malaysia (eighth), and Myanmar (17th). ASEAN countries need to manage not only their own plastic waste, but also waste from other sources, such as countries or oceans. Therefore, collaborative efforts from ASEAN countries to fight the global marine plastic waste problem are urgently needed.


  • 4 Investments to Secure Ocean Health and Wealth

    New analysis commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy shows that every $1 invested in sustainable ocean solutions yields at least $5 in return. A sustainable ocean economy can help the world build back better in the wake of COVID-19, improve ocean health and benefit the more than 3 billion people who rely on the ocean.


  • 4 Ways to Build a More Resilient Marine Industry in Indonesia After the Coronavirus Pandemic

    The implementation of Large Scale Social Distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus has affected seafood production, distribution, and marine tourism in Indonesia. This shows us that marine and fisheries industry is still vulnerable. There are at least four ways to build a more resilient marine and fisheries industry after this pandemic.


  • 8 Ways to Rebuild a Stronger Ocean Economy After COVID-19

    Like many sectors, COVID-19 has disrupted the "blue economy." Though left out of many recovery conversations, there is abundant potential to build back a stronger, more resilient ocean economy that will benefit the millions of people who rely on it.


  • The Ocean Genome Helps Fight Disease: Here's How We Save It

    Marine organisms and their genes are rich sources of antiviral compounds. But the ocean genome is at risk, and only some have access to its benefits.


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