Urban Ocean® is a capacity-building and accelerator program to end ocean plastic pollution and build more resilient communities in cities.

11

Million tonnes of plastic waste enters the ocean every year

While awareness of the problem of marine debris has increased rapidly over the past few years, there is still a considerable gap in understanding and implementation of realistic solutions.

11

Million tonnes of plastic waste enters the ocean every year

While awareness of the problem of marine debris has increased rapidly over the past few years, there is still a considerable gap in understanding and implementation of realistic solutions.

Urban Ocean is a first-of-its-kind initiative which aims to achieve system transformation by working with leading cities and partners willing to invest in change at scale.

Areas of Action

 

Urban Ocean has developed a proof-of-concept that combines scientific baseline assessment methodology by Dr. Jenna Jambeck with project identification and prioritization.

1

Peer Network
Collaboration

2

Circularity
Assessment Protocol

3

Project Strategy
Development

1

Peer Network Collaboration

Create a network of cities to collaborate on solving ocean plastic and resilience issues by sharing best practices and building capacity.

2

Circularity Assessment Protocol

Use the Circularity Assessment Protocol (CAP) to understand challenges and develop strategies for cities.

3

Project Strategy Development

Create project proposals to form partnerships between cities, businesses, and financing organizations.

Participating Cities

Bangkok

Can Tho

Chennai

Melaka

Mumbai

Panama City

Pune

Salvador

Santa Fe

Santiago

Semarang

Surat

Mentor Cities

Christchurch

Milan

Rotterdam

Toyama

Vejle

Urban Ocean Partners

Other Funding Partners

Program Resources

City Opportunity Booklet

The following opportunities have been identified by city stakeholders, in close collaboration with the Urban Ocean program, as high-impact solutions for multiple challenges. These opportunities have been carefully analyzed and prioritized to address the ocean plastic waste issue while building equitable, sustainable, and resilient cities.

Read City Opportunity Booklet

Urban Ocean Toolkit

Learn more about the rich body of information and tools to support Urban Ocean cities we have developed with this interactive toolkit. It is our hope that this will help additional communities build clean, healthy cities for clean, healthy seas.

Read Urban Ocean Toolkit

City Publications

Can Tho, Vietnam

Can Tho aims to identify gaps in its solid waste management system that contribute to leakage and leverage opportunities towards enhancing the city’s river waste management and recycling facilities.

Read Can Tho’s Project Statement

Read Can Tho’s CAP Report

Read Can Tho’s Case Study

Chennai, India

Chennai aims to identify gaps in its solid waste management system that contribute to leakage and leverage opportunities towards bringing circularity in the city’s solid waste management.

Read Chennai’s Project Statement

Read Chennai’s CAP Report

 

Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka aims to identify gaps in its solid waste management system that contribute to leakage and leverage opportunities towards creating clean river and coastal areas and enhancing the city’s recycling infrastructure.

Read Melaka’s Project Statement

Read Melaka’s CAP Report

Panama City, Panama

Panama City aims to identify gaps in its solid waste management system that contribute to leakage and leverage opportunities towards enhancing the recovery of recyclable material in the city.

Read Panama City’s Project Statement

Read Panama City’s CAP Report

Read Panama City’s Case Study

Pune, India

Pune aims to identify gaps in its solid waste management system that contribute to leakage and leverage opportunities towards supporting the transformation of energy and recovery materials.

Read Pune’s Project Statement

Read Pune’s CAP Report

Read Pune’s Case Study

Santiago, Chile

The Metropolitan Region of Santiago aims to identify gaps in its solid waste management system that contribute to leakage and leverage opportunities towards tackling illegal dumping sites to build urban resilience.

Read Santiago’s Project Statement

Read Santiago’s CAP Report

Semarang, Indonesia

Semarang aims to identify gaps in its solid waste management system that contribute to leakage and leverage opportunities towards adapting waste management models and inclusive waste governance.

Read Semarang’s Project Statement

Read Semarang’s CAP Report

Read Semarang’s Case Study

Surat, India

Surat aims to identify gaps in its solid waste management system that contribute to leakage and leverage opportunities towards advancing zero waste circular solutions in the city.

Read Surat’s Project Statement

Read Surat’s CAP Report

News and Blogs

Episode 20: Tackling plastic waste in our water featuring Chennai

Episode 20: Tackling plastic waste in our water featuring Chennai

Ahead of our Urban Ocean Summit in Chennai in June 2024, our Executive Director Lauren Sorkin welcomes Dr. Parama Roy and Taylor Maddalene on an interesting conversation about tackling plastic ...
Urban Ocean: Santiago

Urban Ocean: Santiago

Urban Ocean is helping the Metropolitan Region of Santiago identify gaps in its solid waste management system towards tackling illegal dumping sites to build urban resilience.
Urban Ocean: Surat

Urban Ocean: Surat

Urban Ocean is helping Surat identify gaps in its solid waste management system towards advancing zero waste circular solutions in the city.

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