How does plastic waste actually get into the sea? And what can we do to get the oceans clean again? KfW has an idea – and acts! To learn more about this, watch our animated film.
Published on KfW Stories: Monday, 3 December 2018
The described project contributes to the following United Nationsʼ Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
Protecting biodiversity, using it sustainably and fairly sharing its benefits are important factors in sustainable development. About 30 per cent of the worldʼs fish stocks are overfished. In the European part of the Atlantic, this figure is 63 per cent; in the Mediterranean, it is already 82 per cent. Global warming and the acidification of the oceans also threaten peoplesʼ livelihoods. Each year around ten million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans. This does not degrade biologically, instead it disintegrates into smaller and smaller particles. Since marine animals mistake the plastic particles for food, these particles also end up in the human food chain.
All United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda in 2015. At its heart is a list of 17 goals for sustainable development, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our world should become a place where people are able to live in peace with each other in ways that are ecologically compatible, socially just, and economically effective.