Article | 19 Avr, 2019

IUCN launches Call for Proposals to reduce plastic leakage into the ocean

IUCN has launched a Call for Proposals to support existing, small-scale circular economy initiatives that aim to reduce the amount of plastic leaking into the marine environment.

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Photo: IUCN Thailand

As part of its Marine Plastics and Coastal Communities (MARPLASTICCs) project implemented in Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Thailand and Viet Nam, IUCN will provide financial support of up to USD 50,000 in each target country for a period of 12 months.

Proposals should demonstrate that the project fosters strong cooperation and coordination between various stakeholders (including regulators, private sector, civil society) across the plastic value chain (production, transformation, waste, leakage) for enhanced plastic leakage reduction or avoidance; demonstrate how circular economy principles can be applied in practice and contribute to reduced or avoided leakage of plastics into the marine environment; and capture lessons to help others better develop sustainable plastic leakage reduction or avoidance measures.

IUCN will specifically support existing plastic leakage reduction actions that:

  • Involve waste separation to reduce leakage at a scale that could form the basis of circular economy.
  • Include stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society.
  • Avoid, reduce, reuse/recycle/upcycle plastic waste.
  • Can demonstrate significant plastic leakage reduction or avoidance.
  • Demonstrates potential to scale or replicate, or feed into local and/or national action plans.
  • Are willing to contribute to and share data about plastic leakage.

Selected initiatives are expected to deliver the following:

  • A mid-point, and end of support report
  • At least 20 high-resolution photos of leakage reduction actions supported by IUCN
  • Participation in interviews and other forms of data collection as appropriate
  • Key Performance Indicator reporting that demonstrates progress in reducing or preventing plastic waste leakage

Interested parties are kindly invited to submit proposals no later than 31 May 2019.

For more details, please download the application form

As mentioned above, IUCN will only support circular economy-focused projects implemented in MARPLASTICCs target countries Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Thailand and Viet Nam.

For any questions related to the Call, please email IUCN at


Plastic pollution has become a global problem threatening our environment, health and economies. If we do not act now, the problem will only get worse. Through the Marine Plastics and Coastal Communities (MARPLASTICCs) project, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), IUCN is working closely with governments, industries and society in Africa and Asia to reduce and control plastic pollution.