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The Nigerian government officially joins the World Economic Forum (WEF) partnership to tackle global plastic pollution.
It will work with the WEF’s Global Plastic Action Partnership (GRAP), a platform that works with governments, businesses and civil society along with Indonesia, Ghana and Vietnam to translate plastic pollution commitments into action.
According to the WEF, poorly managed plastic waste and unsustainable plastic production are commonplace in the West Africa region. The challenges include reduced capacities and investments in the collection and recycling of waste, a different awareness of sustainable practices among companies and consumers, and the niche effect of innovations and alternative models that support reduction and reuse.
It is estimated that Nigeria, the largest economy on the African continent, dumped around 200,000 tons of plastic waste annually into the ocean in 2018, while annual plastic production is expected to rise to 523,000 tons by 2022.
Upon joining GRAP, Nigeria will work with the WEF to launch a national plastic action partnership based on the model that has been tried in the other three countries.
His main mandates include creating and working with locally run platforms to bring together the most influential policy makers, business leaders and civil society advocates in the country.
Nigerian Environment Minister Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar said: “With this partnership, Nigeria further strengthens its commitments and efforts to combat plastic pollution and protect the environment.
“From the establishment of the African Circular Economy Alliance and the establishment of a Nigerian / AfDB [African Development Bank] The Circular Economy Working Group to Join the Global Plastic Action Partnership in Nigeria is determined to unlock the full potential of our young generation of innovative and passionate leaders so that we can work together towards a future that is free from plastic pollution and waste. “