ADB to Spend 5 B. Dollars on Fight against Marine Waste

Politics

Nadi, Fiji, May 3 (Jiji Press)--The Asian Development Bank has announced plans to spend 5 billion dollars, including through syndicated loans, in 2019-2024 to help the Asia-Pacific region tackle plastic waste and other forms of marine pollution.

The Manila-based ADB also plans to support sustainable tourism and fishery operations in the region.

"Healthy oceans are essential to our planet and for millions of people in Asia and the Pacific," but "our oceans are in danger," ADB President Takehiko Nakao said in his opening address at the bank's annual meeting in Nadi, Fiji, on Friday.

Noting that rising water temperatures, untreated wastewater and plastic pollution are damaging the oceans, Nakao warned, "If we do not act now, by 2050, 90 pct of the region's coral reefs will be dead, and there will be no commercially exploitable wild fish stocks left."

The 5 billion dollars will cover four areas, including the development of sustainable port infrastructure.

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