“We strongly support the reinforced call for prevention of plastic pollution as the primary focus of the outcomes recommended by the OEEG, to reduce environmental, social, and economic costs of plastic and marine litter and microplastics. Prevention can bring economic benefits through reducing the costs to industries as well as environmental damage, which are “avoidable costs. Prevention can also reduce the costs of remediation, which are another layer of costs attributable to removing marine litter”.
Imogen Ingram (ISACI/ Cook Islands) presented her combined statement on behalf of the Women’s Major Group during Item 6 Environmental, social and economic costs and benefits of different response options, at the Ad Hoc Open Ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Micro-plastics, held in Nairobi, at the UN Office, on 30th May 2018.
Download the statement here.