The purpose of this capacity and capability building project was to address the issue of plastic pollution in drylands. The issue of plastic pollution is well recognised in wetter climates but has been ignored in deserts yet these dominate a large proportion of DAC countries. Plastic pollution in deserts can impact on ecosystems, the aesthetic value of wilderness areas, and wider health issues via contributing to dust particulates and providing suitable mosquito breeding grounds.
The case studies we focused on are from two contrasting African settings of differing culture and population. Morocco has 212 people per square mile whereas Namibia has 8 people per square mile. The project aims to produce environmentally bespoke research of the specific challenges faced and establish the first scientifically-informed understanding of the nature, process, materials and impacts of aeolian plastic pollution in deserts.