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Indonesia Talks Big About Curbing Ocean Plastics, But Acts Small

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 14, 2018 10:40:00 AM

A report suggesting that the Indonesian government is taking ocean plastic pollution seriously is welcome news, but policies so far are too little too late.

Here's an excerpt from Asian Correspondent:

INDONESIA is taking action to combat its catastrophic problem of polluting the oceans with plastic debris, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said on Saturday. According to the Jakarta Post, Siti Nurbaya made the statement during the commemoration of National Waste Awareness Day in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan. Adding that the government would officially declare the commitment on Feb 23.

Indonesia is also scheduled to present a national action plan during the fourth World’s Ocean Summit in Bali from Feb 22 to 24.

The announcement will be welcome news to environmentalist as Indonesia has the dubious honour of being listed as the second biggest marine polluter in the world.

The country produces 187.2 million tons of plastic waste each year according to a 2015 study published in the journal Science. China stands at number one, producing 262.9 million tons of plastic waste, most of which ends up in the ocean.

In Indonesia, fast economic growth accompanied by increased waste is outpacing the capacity of infrastructure to manage this waste, leading to a significant amount finding their way into the ocean.

Big cities are particular culprits, with Jakarta leading the way. According to the Regional Board for Waste Management, 13 percent of Jakarta’s waste – some 6,000 tons per day – is plastic litter. Other big cities like Denpasar and Palembang generate huge quantities of waste: 10,725 ton per day in Denpasar and 6,500 tons per day in Palembang.

Indonesian waters are the victims of this massive plastic pollution, which is causing serious environmental problems. The government is taking steps to curb the problem, as Siti Nurbaya said on Saturday that Indonesia has been highlighted as one of a handful of countries committed to combating the problem. ...

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