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Three countries from across the Commonwealth including New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ghana have joined the United Kingdom to eliminate avoidable single use plastic and clean up the world's oceans.

A £61.4m war chest to fight the rising tide of plastic pollution in the world's oceans has been announced by the Government.

Downing Street said £25m of the new fund would be used to help researchers investigate marine plastic from a scientific, economic and social perspective.

The PM will use a meeting of the 52 Commonwealth nations in London today to urge other countries to join the anti-plastic fight, under a new campaign from the United Kingdom and island state Vanuatu dubbed the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA). It will also put £20 million to prevent plastic and other environmental pollution from manufacturing in developing countries.

In addition, £20m will be earmarked to tackle plastic and other environmental pollution generated in developing countries.

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That leaves £16.4m which will be spent on improving waste management at a national and city level to stop plastics entering the water. The UK public has shown passion and energy in the fight against plastic waste. The pledge came in response to an unprecedented public outcry over the issue following the broadcast of the BBC's Blue Planet II documentary, which exposed the devastating impact plastic waste is having on ocean wildlife, and high-profile campaigns such as Sky's Ocean Rescue initiative.

Plastic pollution is on the agenda this week at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, after the United Kingdom partnered with Pacific island nation Vanuatu to establish the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance.

"Two billion people around the world lack access to effective waste collection, so much of the plastic they use ends up in our oceans".

Britain, together with CCOA joint chair Vanuatu, will call on other countries to pledge action on plastics, be this by a ban on microbeads, a commitment to cutting down on single use plastic bags, or other steps to eliminate avoidable plastic waste. This suggests there is room to further improve these enzymes, moving us closer to a recycling solution for the ever-growing mountain of discarded plastics'.

The nature-based network will bring together its global network of scientists and academics to support the fund's vision and provide targeted funding to improve recycling and waste management so the volume of plastic pollution in the oceans can be measurably reduced.

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