Various documents emphasising the importance of sharing knowledge and capacity development related to marine plastic debris have been produced by the United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and others. One of them is the ASEAN+3 Marine Plastics Debris Cooperative Action Initiative, which states best use of existing institutions such as ERIA, for sharing knowledge and capacity development. The initiative was welcomed by the ASEAN+3 Summit (10 ASEAN Member States, China, Japan, and the...

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Countries are a major source of marine plastics and have initiated actions to reduce them. Indonesia developed the National Action Plan on Marine Plastic Debris (2017–2025) in May 2017. Malaysia issued the Malaysia’s Roadmap Toward Zero

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The Regional Knowledge Centre (RKC) is a clearinghouse for information on marine plastic debris in ASEAN+3 countries. RKC facilitates networking among stakeholders, raises awareness, promotes...

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Tackling Marine Plastic Pollution

by Michikazu Kojima and Fusanori Iwasaki • 26 October 2019

Marine plastic pollution has been acknowledged in recent years as one of the major global environmental issues and challenges. 

ERIA Participates in the 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment in Cambodia

by Ellen Putri Edita and Fusanori Iwasaki • 09 October 2019

The 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment and Related Meetings were held in Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia from 7 to 11 October 2019.



National Framework to Tackle Marine Plastic Debris

To tackle marine plastic debris issue, actions by various ministries in charge of marine plastic debris and others should be coordinated. Various laws, regulations, action plans, and roadmaps should be implemented.

Government Initiatives

To prevent marine plastic litter, various policies have been applied in this region. We are planning to post such polices on this web site, which will be classified into following categories.

Scientific Knowledge

Regarding marine plastic debris, there is still lack of reliable data and short of scientific knowledge on marine plastic debris. Although we should take some actions, based on the precautionary principle,




European Maritime Day

9 AM to 6 PM

Cork, Ireland

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World Cleanup Day

08.00 AM - 09.30 PM


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  • Sustainable Marine Development

    by Fauziah Zen, Heru Santoso, Maxensius Sambodo, Michikazu Kojima | September 2019

    Indonesia has the largest economic exclusive zone in Asia, and Japan the second largest. Marine resources are their main development assets. Indonesia and Japan rely on marine logistics and fisheries, of which infrastructure and connectivity are important aspects. Both countries are prone to disasters, including tsunamis, and should improve their disaster management. And both countries should improve their waste management to eliminate marine debris and pollution.

  • Plastic Recycling: Policies and Good Practices in Asia

    by Michikazu Kojima | March 2019

    The need for a circular economy for plastics has become a global concern. Plastic marine litter has been recognised as a global environmental issue, and many countries have introduced policies to reduce single-use plastics. Recycling of plastic waste should also be strengthened to reduce plastic marine litter. This report aims to provide basic information and policies on plastic recycling, including good practices in Asian countries.