Commonwealth Litter Programme

Cefas worked with partners across the Commonwealth to share expertise and find solutions to the environmental and socio-economic problems caused by litter in the marine environment. Scientists collaborated with national governments, local authorities, regional sea conventions, NGOs, universities and industry to identify country specific solutions.

CLiP worked with five countries across the Commonwealth to encompass a variety of geographic, economic and environmental differences and enable a wide breadth of issues to be addressed. The programme started in the South Pacific Region in November 2018, working with Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. Studies and activities were conducted in Vanuatu in 2019. The programme works in the South Pacific, Caribbean, Asia and Africa.

The programme encompassed the following five pillars:

  • Land based sources of litter
  • Sea based sources of litter
  • Removal of litter from the marine environment
  • Science and Education
  • Outreach.

All the reports from the CLiP project activities in Vanuatu can be found here:

VESS participated in several of these studies and initiatives