Maharashtra partners with WEF in fight against plastic pollution

Maharashtra joined the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) on Sunday at its 2022 annual meeting in Davos to push forward regional efforts to tackle plastic pollution.

“At the Maharashtra pavilion, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between (@MahaEnvCC and @wef on the ‘Global Partnership for Plastic Action’,” wrote Aaditya Thackeray, Maharashtra’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change. , in Marathi on Twitter.

By joining the Global Plastic Action Partnership, Maharashtra, India’s largest state by GDP, aims to strengthen its commitment to tackling plastic pollution, raising ambition and ensuring accountability and inclusiveness throughout. along the value chain.

The announcement follows the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5), where a resolution was passed in March 2022 that will hold member countries legally accountable for their contributions to the global plastic pollution crisis.

The Maharashtra Ministry of Environment and Climate Change will work with GPAP to launch a National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP) in the state as a platform to tackle plastic waste pollution. The GPAP-Maharashtra partnership is the first in India. Maharashtra has joined a growing list of global economies that will leverage the GPAP platform to deliver localized solutions for the circular economy.

“This agreement with the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership marks a critical turning point in our state’s battle against rampant plastic pollution,” said Aaditya Thackeray.

“Covid has proven an obstacle to our single-use plastic ban, where health priorities in PPPs have taken precedence. Now that we are refocusing on our climate and sustainability goals, we are throwing the foundations to bring about the system-wide change needed across all sectors. This partnership is the cornerstone of our transition to a more circular resource approach to combating climate change while strengthening our economy,” Thackeray added. .

The WEF explained that the NPAP model creates a circular economy framework for plastics through a locally-led platform. In Maharashtra, it will bring together the most influential policy makers, business leaders and civil society advocates in the state. He added that this group will propose a state-level action plan to radically reduce plastic pollution and connect high-potential solutions with strategic funding opportunities.

“GPAP is delighted to partner with Maharashtra to continue its efforts to tackle the problem of plastic pollution,” said Kristin Hughes, Director of the Global Plastic Action Partnership.

In March 2018, Maharashtra banned the manufacture, sale and use of single-use plastic bags. It also banned a range of single-use plastic products, including cutlery, straws and containers. The state is positioning itself as a leader in India in the fight against plastic waste pollution.

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Bryce K. Locke