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Marine plastic debris and microplastics: Global lessons and research to inspire action and guide policy change

Plastic litter in the ocean can be considered a ‘common concern of humankind’. This study summarizes the state of our knowledge on sources, fate and effect of marine plastics debris and microplastics, and describes approaches and potential solutions to address this multifaceted issue. The study is divided into four main sections: Background, Evidence Base, Taking Action, and Conclusions and Key Research Needs.

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United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
21 March 2016

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