NIGERIA – Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Environment, the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), signed a US$2.8 million agreement to support government efforts to develop sustainable plastic waste management.
The funding comes after Nigeria joined the “marine initiative” launched by Japan to support the G20 Osaka Blue Ocean Vision.
The ambition is to reduce marine plastic waste pollution to zero by 2050 worldwide, particularly in Africa, through a comprehensive life cycle approach.
It also plans to strengthen recycling value chains in selected municipalities in Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja), as well as technology demonstration of circular economy and resource efficiency practices.
In 2020, a national policy on plastics recovery (into secondary raw materials, biogas, or electricity) was developed by the Nigerian authorities with the support of UNIDO.
A year later, in 2021, Nigeria joined the multilateral initiative against plastic pollution, the Global Partnership for Action on Plastics (GPAP) of the World Economic Forum.
This new alliance created the Nigeria Action Partnership, which brings together policymakers, business leaders, and civil society to develop a national action plan to reduce plastic pollution, combining high-potential solutions with strategic funding opportunities.
According to the World Economic Forum, in 2018 Nigeria was dumping about 200,000 tons of plastic waste into the ocean per year.
At least 70% ends up in landfills, sewers, beaches, and water bodies with disastrous consequences for ecosystems.
Efforts made with new funding from Japan (Nigeria’s partner since 2020) and UNIDO (Nigeria’s partner since 2013) could tip the balance and avoid the scenario envisioned by GPAP of 523,000 tons of plastic waste per year by the end of 2022.