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Desmond Tan on NEA study to nail origins of marine debris

In 2019 and 2020, an average of about 3,500 tonnes of marine debris on Singapore's beaches were cleared, while about 1,000 tonnes of flotsam were collected each year. But it is "challenging" to work out where the litter is from, said Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Desmond Tan in reply to Parliamentary questions on Monday (Aug 2). He said there is no internationally accepted methodology to determine the origins of transboundary marine litter. But NEA is taking an "important step forward" with a two-year study on the pathways of marine litter.

Desmond Tan on NEA study to nail origins of marine debris

02 Aug 2021 01:36pm

In 2019 and 2020, an average of about 3,500 tonnes of marine debris on Singapore's beaches were cleared, while about 1,000 tonnes of flotsam were collected each year. But it is "challenging" to work out where the litter is from, said Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Desmond Tan in reply to Parliamentary questions on Monday (Aug 2). He said there is no internationally accepted methodology to determine the origins of transboundary marine litter. But NEA is taking an "important step forward" with a two-year study on the pathways of marine litter.

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