The Implementation of the G7 Action Plan to Combat Marine Litter, mainstreaming the work of the Regional Seas Programmes include capacity building and sharing of best practices, ongoing coordination with European Regional Seas conventions, strengthening the collaboration with GPA and GPML with a focus on the #CleanSeas campaign, and a contribution to the G20 Action Plan on Marine Litter. Various measures have already been taken at national, regional and global levels to solve and prevent the problem.
During a workshop held within the framework of the 2017 Italian G7 Presidency, the Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection, in collaboration with UN Environment/MAP, paid particular attention to implementing marine litter management initiatives. Under the presidency of Canada, in 2018, the G7 countries agreed to the Oceans Plastics Charter and committed to move towards a more resource-efficient and sustainable approach to the management of marine litter, working with industries towards 100% reusable, recycled, or recovered plastics by 2040.
The recent summit of G20 leaders of 2017 generated a very important and under-reported commitment, the G20 Action Plan on Marine Litter, to be implemented through a voluntary Global Network of the Committed (GNC). The action focuses on the promotion of socio-economic benefits of establishing policies to prevent marine litter, of waste prevention and resource efficiency, of waste/storm water management, of awareness, education & research, of remediation action and the promotion of stakeholders’ engagements.