Our oceans are facing a pandemic of plastic pollution. Marine litter, waste and other debris threaten life and livelihoods. But maintaining healthy seas and enjoying clean beaches is possible, if steps are taken to tackle threats like plastic pollution.
KIMO member municipalities work together with the fishing industry, businesses and community groups. We seek to implement new and existing solutions to plastic pollution, marine litter and the other environmental challenges we face.
Every year between four and 12 millions of tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the oceans, making it ‘the world’s biggest landfill’. Meanwhile, scientists estimate that 14 million tonnes of plastic is already lying at the bottom of our oceans and are only now beginning to understand the growing threat of microplastic pollution.
An estimated 40% of the global population depends on the ocean for food, energy, tourism and trade. This is especially true for the coastal communities in KIMO’s member municipalities, where the figure is even higher.
‘Life below water’ is one of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which all governments have signed up to. SDG14 also includes specific targets to reduce marine pollution and protect and restore ecosystems.
To cut waste we need to transition to a circular economy, where we reuse and recycle resources instead of using and then throwing them away. This will require action at all levels. As well as working to influence international processes, our members engage citizens through local projects.
Fishing for Litter
Fishermen have a unique stake in maintaining healthy seas. Therefore, we work with the industry to reduce the amount of marine litter in the sea and on our beaches. Learn more.
If you like clean beaches and winning great prizes, KIMO Denmark has just the ticket. Learn more.
Pieces of rope and cord from the fishing industry are one of the most common types of beach litter. So we listened to fishermen to find out what could be done to stop net cuttings getting into the sea. Learn more.
Microplastic from sports pitches
The tiny pieces of rubber spread over artificial turf are a potentially harmful form of microplastic pollution. As a result, we’ve produced information for the owners, operators and users of plastic grass sports pitches. Learn more.
Microplastic from textiles
Every time you clean your clothes, waste water washes tiny fibres of microplastic into our rivers and seas. Consequently, KIMO Sweden has commissioned research and published a report on this issue. Learn more.
Mass balloon releases are sometimes held to mark special occasions, or as part of a competition. Unfortunately, while they may look pretty, this is a form of littering. Balloons often end up on beaches and in the sea, threatening marine animals and birds. We call on all governments to ban outdoor releases of balloons. Learn more.