As heard at the function, at least 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste are thrown into the ocean on a yearly basis. Some 80 percent of the waste comes from inland sources due to ineffective management.

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The conference discussed related management problems and challenges, while highlighting innovative solutions, policies, private partnerships, and education efforts to address the issue.

Indonesia and New Zealand co-chaired the conference.

The Indonesian delegation to the summit shared approaches taken by its government, including the issuance of a national action plan on plastic waste in the ocean for 2017-2025.

Indonesia said it has also worked to convert waste into energy, and develop bio-plastic products from cassava and seaweed, and build several garbage banks.

Source: VNA