New Partnership to Prevent Marine Pollution Signed on the World Environment Day

The Municipality of Santos, Brazil, through the Environment Secretariat (SEMAM), will sign a cooperation agreement with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) during the World Environment Day (5th of June) to develop actions to prevent environmental marine contamination caused by municipal solid waste.

4 Jun 2018 -

ISWA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Vienna, Austria, with more than 1,200 members in over 70 countries that launched a global campaign to fight against marine litter.


"Brazil has signed a commitment last year to reduce marine pollution from land-based sources by 2025. Now, with this agreement with ISWA, Santos is empowered to improve and expand municipal actions," said Secretary Marcos Libório.


Among the actions to be developed under the agreement are the capacity building of municipal officials, raising public awareness and elaboration of studies aimed at identifying and later combating sources of contamination of marine water resources.


Currently, according to an ISWA report, it is estimated that more than 80% of marine pollution comes from human activities developed on land, and that it reaches the oceans in an accidental or deliberate way.


"The best, if not the only way, to beat marine pollution is by improving municipal waste management in land. Santos will be the first municipality to receive technical assistance under this international partnership, becoming an example for other cities, on how to effectively prevent and reduce the impacts of waste in oceans", comments ISWA Vice President Carlos Silva Filho.

AGENDA of the meeting:
Day: 5 June 2018
Time: 10.00 am
Location: Room Princesa Isabel at the City Hall
Signing of an agreement between SANTOS/SEMAM and ISWA


The agreement is the next formal step since ISWA announced the cooperation with the Municipality of Santos in March 2018. Read the press release here.

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