This programme will support collaborations between researchers in the UK, Singapore and the wider Southeast Asia region to increase understanding of the behaviour and impacts of plastics in marine ecosystems (including mangroves, coral reefs and beaches) and the risks to the essential services these ecosystems provide, in order to support the development of mitigation measures.
This programme is jointly supported by NERC and National Research Foundation, Singapore (NRF), a department within the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office. NRF sets the national direction for research and development (R&D) by developing policies, plans and strategies for research, innovation and enterprise. It also funds strategic initiatives and builds up R&D capabilities by nurturing research talent.
The UK funding for the programme comes from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the International Climate Finance programme, a UK government commitment to support developing countries to respond to the challenges and opportunities of climate change.
Where appropriate, projects funded through this funding opportunity will be considered part of a joint UK-Singapore contribution to the Commonwealth Marine Plastics Research and Innovation Framework. The framework aims to provide a platform and overarching structure for bringing together governments, industry, researchers and practitioners from across the Commonwealth to work together to tackle this global issue.
This programme will address the following themes:
- modification and transformation
- hazard, risk and impact to the environment
- intervention, mitigation and adaptation.
Research supported through this programme will be co-designed and delivered in close collaboration with end-users in low-to-middle-income countries in Southeast Asia. This is to ensure that the outputs can be used by government, local authorities, businesses and local communities to make decisions about the management and mitigation of plastics in marine environments.