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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

MBRC the Ocean Cleaning Hub, Indonesia

MBRC the Ocean Foundation (
Non-governmental organization (NGO)
    The residents of the islands of West Flores and Komodo currently face the double challenge of an inadequate waste management system and an overwhelming tide of ocean plastic washing onto their beaches from local rivers and the Indian Ocean. MBRC the Ocean gives the local communities an alternative to incinerating their waste. By providing garbage bags for their daily waste, the residents can separate their household waste into recyclables and non-recyclables directly at home, disposing of them in the waste bins provided in central locations by MBRC. The waste is collected on a regular basis and stored in the cleaning hub’s storage facility. In addition, equipment is provided by MBRC to clean up, collect and recycle waste found on the beach and coastlines. Every Friday a cleanup event is organised, employing waste collectors and using volunteers, including children from the local schools. By active involvement in cleaning their local beaches, the locals gain a greater sense of responsibility and understanding of the plastic waste problem. The collected waste is gathered, sorted, counted, weighed and placed in the cleaning hub’s storage facility and then transported by sea to Java, where the closest certified recycling company is situated. The waste collection and recycling programme is underscored by regular information briefings held at the cleanups. To raise awareness on waste, recycling and sustainability MBRC has introduced an educational program in the local schools, supporting the local communities so that they can understand the impact of plastic waste on the marine environment and on their lives. Currently active in seven locations on the islands, the aim is to expand to involve 200 communities in the archipelago by 2030.

    MBRC the Ocean Foundation (NGO)
    Indonesian Waste Platform (NGO)

    Goal 12

    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

    Goal 12


    Implement the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns, all countries taking action, with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account the development and capabilities of developing countries


    Number of countries developing, adopting or implementing policy instruments aimed at supporting the shift to sustainable consumption and production


    By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources


    Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP


    Domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP


    By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses


    (a) Food loss index and (b) food waste index


    By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment

    Number of parties to international multilateral environmental agreements on hazardous waste, and other chemicals that meet their commitments and obligations in transmitting information as required by each relevant agreement

    (a) Hazardous waste generated per capita; and (b) proportion of hazardous waste treated, by type of treatment


    By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse


    National recycling rate, tons of material recycled


    Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle

    Number of companies publishing sustainability reports


    Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities


    Number of countries implementing sustainable public procurement policies and action plans


    By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature


    Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment


    Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production


    Installed renewable energy-generating capacity in developing and developed countries (in watts per capita)


    Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products


    Implementation of standard accounting tools to monitor the economic and environmental aspects of tourism sustainability


    Rationalize inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption by removing market distortions, in accordance with national circumstances, including by restructuring taxation and phasing out those harmful subsidies, where they exist, to reflect their environmental impacts, taking fully into account the specific needs and conditions of developing countries and minimizing the possible adverse impacts on their development in a manner that protects the poor and the affected communities


    Amount of fossil-fuel subsidies (production and consumption) per unit of GDP

    Name Description
    14.1 By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
    Regular cleanups of beaches and coastline
    Establishment of waste management system
    Educational workshops for school children and adults
    Preservation and protection of the marine environment
    Financing (in USD)
    26,000 USD is needed per year per hub to cover the cost of wages, equipment, collection, transport and recycling of collected waste as well as educational material
    Staff / Technical expertise
    One local coordinator, +/- 20 waste collectors for each hub, one lead educator per hub
    In-kind contribution
    Volunteers are also encouraged to join the weekly cleanups
    No progress reports have been submitted. Please sign in and click here to submit one.
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    03 January 2021 (start date)
    31 December 2030 (date of completion)
    MBRC the Ocean Foundation
    Other beneficiaries
    Communities of West Flores and Komodo Islands
    Ocean Basins
    Indian Ocean
    Communities of Ocean Action
    Marine pollution
    More information
    Hamburg, Germany
    Contact Information

    Julia, Funding/Outreach Coordination