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Introduction All signs are pointing towards the adoption of a ground-breaking legally binding instrument that will address the problem of plastic pollution. During the resumed Fifth Session (second meeting) of the United Nations Environment Assembly ( UNEA ) of the United Nations Environment

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In: The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law
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The massive accumulation of plastics in marine environments is one of the most pressing environmental concerns of our time. This book examines the relevant international legal framework applying to land-based sources of plastic pollution. Against the backdrop of the dynamics of recent policy formulation in this field, it outlines the main developments and provides a snapshot inventory of state obligations related to plastic pollution mitigation. The Mitigation of Marine Plastic Pollution in International Law identifies the main barriers and opportunities, and points out the possible building blocks of an enhanced regime.

1 Introduction 1.1 Problem of Marine Plastic Pollution It is estimated that more than eight million tons of plastics leak into the ocean each year, and if no action is taken, this is expected to quadruple by 2050. An alarming result of this is that the ocean might, by weight, contain more

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In: Peaceful Maritime Engagement in East Asia and the Pacific Region

-level decision making body on environmental issues, has adopted a series of resolutions concerning marine plastic pollution and microplastics beginning with its first session ( UNEA -1) in 2014. 7 The primary aim is to establish a comprehensive and strong global governance structure. Although these resolutions

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In: Chinese Journal of Environmental Law

international legally binding instrument ( ILBI ) on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment, were to advance the development of the instrument as well as to identify areas where more information is required to inform and support the negotiations, and any other additional work to be carried out

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In: The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law
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Marine plastic debris is a form of marine pollution that has been receiving increasing attention from international institutions in recent years. 423 So far, no global instrument is specifically tailored to the issue at stake. At an international level, marine plastic pollution is regulated in a

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In: The Mitigation of Marine Plastic Pollution in International Law

Introduction Marine plastic pollution ( MPP ) is a major problem that has escalated the global environmental crisis and has influenced debate among academics and policy-makers around the world about the most appropriate response to overcome it. Around 275 million tons of marine plastic waste

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chemical additives and plasticizers or absorb hazardous chemicals. 4 The rapidly unfolding plastic pollution crisis poses significant challenges to the environment, 5 human health, 6 and economy. 7 As one of the world’s largest producers and consumers of plastics, China is highly vulnerable to the

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In: Ocean Yearbook Online
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management of international watercourses will have an absolutely central role to play in addressing the problem of MPP . 2 The Problem of Marine Plastic Pollution The full ecological and human health implications of MPP are as yet difficult to foresee, but may prove extremely significant

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In: Chinese Journal of Environmental Law

management”. 27 5 Towards an International Treaty on Plastics in the Marine Environment Although it appears almost a theoretical exercise to suggest yet another international treaty, there are efforts underway to address the fragmentation and lack of global agreement to prevent plastic pollution by the

In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy