UK awards funding to tackle plastic pollution on St Helena Island

12 July 2018 (Last Updated July 12th, 2018 11:48)

The UK government has awarded a grant for a  plastic pollution reduction project on the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.

The UK government has awarded a grant for a  plastic pollution reduction project on the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.

The grant was given under the Darwin Plus scheme, which has been reopened by the government to help support conservation and environmental projects in UK Overseas Territories.

UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “We must protect our oceans and marine life from plastic waste if we are to be the first generation to leave our environment in a better state than we found it. Protecting and enhancing biodiversity in the UK’s Overseas Territories will help to make crucial activities such as agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism more sustainable.”

“Protecting and enhancing biodiversity in the UK’s Overseas Territories will help to make crucial activities such as agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism more sustainable.”

The new scheme will focus on reducing and monitoring plastic pollution on the island of St Helena, which is a part of the British Overseas Territories.

In this regard, a marine debris monitoring programme will be created along St Helena’s coastline.

The project will also include the establishment of a recycling programme for waste plastic.

Through an educational outreach programme, local school children and communities are set to be made part of the project.

St Helena Government Environment & Natural Resources Director Derek Henry said: “This project provides a fantastic opportunity for St Helena to become involved in reducing the amount of plastic that enters our marine ecosystem.

“It will involve the whole community and will educate and set up the processes for monitoring and reducing plastic waste to create a better marine environment around our Island.”

Plastic pollution in the South Atlantic Ocean is posing a threat to the fish and marine life, as well as coral ecosystems of St Helena Island.