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Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)

There are various organizations, institutions and projects which play a very significant role in the management of marine litter in different ways. These include:-

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is a global project co-ordinated by the Ocean Conservancy , a U.S. non-governmental organization. The ICC website provides information on the problem of marine debris, the problem of entanglement, the sources of marine litter (debris), results of the most recent international coastal cleanups (by items, sources and places of collection), and contacts in countries all over the world (look for your country!).

National ICC Coordinators (by country/state)

Clean Up the World
(UNEP) is an initiative where cleanup activities are organized in areas such as beaches, waterways, parks, markets, roadsides and schools.

The Small Island Developing States Network (SIDSnet) was initiated as a follow up to the Barbados Programme of Action from 1994. It was recognised that all islands share common issues and SIDSnet was initiated with UNDP Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). SIDSnet provides tools for virtual discussion forums chat conferences, focused searching, document submission and storage, mailing lists, events calendar, and links to relevant BPoA web sites.

Local Beach, Global Garbage
is a project created and run by Brazilian photographer Fabiano Prado Barretto, from the city of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. The Local Beach - Global Garbage project includes a photo exhibitions and the distribution of a poster (poster image) and stickers of the project logo to ports worldwide. Fabiano Prado Barretto has made catalogues of the marine litter he has found on different Brazilian beaches.

The Japan Environmental Action Network (JEAN) joined the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), in 1990. JEAN holds two campaigns each year; the spring campaign dates includes Earth Day & Environment Week focused on environmental awareness, the autumn ICC campaign encourages participants to collect and send data on trash for results for analysis.

KIMO International
is an international association of Local Authorities, which was founded in Esbjerg, Denmark, in August 1990 to work towards cleaning up pollution in the North Sea.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program's mission statement is to support a national effort focused on preventing, identifying, removing, and reducing the occurrence of marine debris and to protect and conserve our nation’s natural resources and coastal waterways from the impacts of marine debris. The NOAA MDP is committed to addressing debris in the marine environment on a national and an international level.

Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association's
(HELMEPA) main objective is to instill and nurture environmental consciousness throughout the shipping industry so as to compliment the requirements of the legislation for pollution prevention and safety at sea.

Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association
(TURMEPA) has works to make the public aware of the importance of a clean marine environment. In addition we have involved the public, our volunteers and our Sea Sweepers in cleaning activities with the aim to ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the health, leisure and economic benefits of the sea.

The Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association (CYMEPA) was formed with the initiative of the International Shipping Community of Cyprus with the support of the Commercial Community of the island. CYMEPA is an autonomous, not-for-profit organization funded solely by its members.