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Rs340million for ‘Indian Ocean plastic expedition’

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The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has reportedly just obtained 6.7 million euros (Rs340million) in funding from the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM).

The grant is intended for the implementation of the Exploi (Indian Ocean Plastic Expedition) project. The initiative aims to reduce plastic waste pollution in the sea, mainly single-use plastic, Afrik21 reported.

This is plastic packaging with a thickness of less than 60 microns, as well as bags, water sachets, bottles, cups, etc.

Thousands of tonnes of plastic are dumped into the oceans every year. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) states that plastic waste is a poison for marine species and can to some extent become a death trap for small and large animals.

The Exploi project will benefit Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles.

Original article at Afrik21

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