IMO addresses marine litter problem
Marine litter poses significant risks to the marine environment, ecology and human health, and is a global concern. IMO has been taking action to address the problem, including regulating garbage discharge from ships and helping countries build up their human and technical capacities.
An IMO Regional Workshop on MARPOL Annex V and Port Reception Facilities for the ASEAN Region took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (27-29 June). The workshop is aimed at raising the awareness on marine litter and enhancing the effective implementation of IMO garbage regulations on ships and in port reception facilities.
More than 40 participants from nine countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam) attended the workshop, and deepened their knowledge on and shared their experience in marine litter management and implementation of MARPOL Annex V and port reception facilities.
The workshop was organized by IMO and hosted by the Viet Nam Maritime Administration.