Cleaner seas ahead: COPIP begins its plastic reduction work in sub-Saharan Africa

10/02/2021 News

Nearly eight million tonnes of plastic flows into our oceans every year. Most of it starts out as litter that has been thrown into waterways or onto the ground.  The Clean Oceans Project Identification and Preparation (COPIP) programme has recently established a presence at Tetra Tech’s regional office in Nairobi.  

The programme aims to assist with the implementation of solid waste, wastewater and storm water management projects in sub-Saharan Africa in accordance with EU priorities.

“We are very excited about working with the private and public sector on infrastructure projects that will reduce the amount of plastic ending up in our oceans, this programme solidifies Tetra Tech’s long history of working with the EIB in the Western Balkans and builds on our global experience on the USAID funded Clean Cities, Blue Oceans initiative,” said Team Leader, Klaus Buchholz.

“The projects we select will have a sustainability focus and will centre around coastal areas and near-coastal riverine cities,” Mr Buchholz said.

He said another key component of the programme will be the sharing of knowledge with government and private sector counterparts in relation to project development, financing, maintenance and management.

“We will be working closely with local authorities, municipalities, regional and national organisations, as well as private companies to implement innovative waste and water management projects in sub-Saharan Africa.”

To find out more about COPIP, head to the official programme brief.

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