As at 2010, Nigeria is the leading West African coastal state with mismanaged plastic waste and ranks 9th globally. The coastal state of Lagos is a major contributor to the 64.8 Million MT of plastics in the ocean from Nigeria. These figures make the projection of the United Nation Environmental Program terrifying as the ocean will contain more plastics than fish by 2030. This is a huge challenge in low income, underserved coastal communities whose source of livelihood depends on artisanal and small scale fisheries.
The sustainability of artisanal fisheries is already threatened by declining fisheries resources due to overexploitation and climate change. Lack of alternative source of livelihood and seasonal mode of operation has deepened unemployment and poverty.
Our solution is a trash to cash initiative. Based on our semi-autonomous, low-cost social innovation tagged “Plastic Bank” and creative recycling technology ocean bound plastics are redirected to industries. This creates decent green job opportunities for micro-enterprise, ensures sustainability of fisheries resources and increases climate resilience essential in building a sustainable society. Overall, it drives re-orientation and behavioral changes while capturing values from old plastic through grassroots circular economy.
Provide multiple streams of income to youth and women in Majidun fishing community by becoming stakeholders in plastic value chain.
- Strategically tackle low household income among indigenous youths and women through informed knowledge on efficient plastic waste management.
- Empower 20 youths and women with skills required in green jobs and circular economy.