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Marine Environment: Plastics

Department for International Development written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to assist countries with long coastlines such as Indonesia to tackle plastic pollution.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the Prime Minister called for international action and committed UKAid to tackle the problem of marine plastic pollution. As part of the wider Government effort, DFID is developing programmes of up to £33 million to improve waste management and reduce plastic pollution from manufacturing in poor countries. In addition, DFID and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs funds the Global Environment Facility, which is funding projects to address plastic pollution and improve marine management in Indonesia.

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