Sri Lanka joins Commonwealth alliance to fight against plastic pollution

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The cash will be split into three pots: £25m into scientific, economic and social research to address sources of plastic waste, £20m to stop plastic pollution from manufacturing in developing countries, and £16.4m to improve waste management in the United Kingdom, particularly in cities.

She will urge dozens of leaders at this week's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London to join a newly formed Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance. Vanuatu, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and Ghana have recently joined the coalition, which means being able to bid for the new funding.

The nature-based network will bring together its global network of scientists and academics to support the fund's vision and provide targeted funding to improve recycling and waste management so the volume of plastic pollution in the oceans can be measurably reduced.

Downing Street said £25 million of the fund will be used to help researchers investigate the issue of marine plastic from a scientific, economic and social perspective.

Another £20m has been earmarked to curb plastic and other environmental pollution generated by manufacturing in developing countries and prevent it seeping into oceans.

It was also confirmed that from later in 2018, the Department for International Development will match public donations to tackle the issue of plastic waste in the world's oceans and rivers, "in recognition of the passionate response of the United Kingdom public to the issue".

All the oceans over the world get dumped with plastic in amount as more as eight million tons every year, since the scientists are continuously struggling to find out the new ways to mount over the toxic legacy of such types of products derived from petroleum on the planet's environment as well as human health.

The Prime Minister will warn that the threat to oceans is "one of the most significant environmental challenges facing the world today" and state that the Commonwealth is "uniquely placed" to build on the UK's "transformative action".

Furthermore, the United Kingdom will commit £25 million to help researchers approach the scourge of marine plastic waste from a scientific, technical, economic and social perspective.

She added: "If we stand together, we have the opportunity to send not only a powerful message to the world, but also to effect real change".

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