The University of Plymouth is among the key partners in a multimillion-pound project aiming to create “hope spots” in Indonesia’s battle against plastic waste.
The ambitious three-and-a-half-year project, supported by UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), will involve an international and multi-disciplinary team.
They will research and model the flow of plastic waste across the country, and develop case study sites in the tourist hotspot of Bali and the fishing port of Pasuran to use as templates for tackling plastic pollution in other regions of Indonesia and across the world.
The Plymouth element of the project - which has been awarded around £1million in funding - will be led by Professor of Ocean and Society Melanie Austen, and Professor of Marine Biology Richard Thompson OBE.
They will work with colleagues at Brunel University London (who are leading the overall project) and the University of Leeds, as well as five Indonesian universities, the Indonesian Institute of Science and industry partners SYSTEMIQ.
The project is backed by a grant of £3.8million from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), as part of a wider £20million round of funding from the GCRF.