Development of legislative framework to address plastic pollution in Nigeria

    Project ID
    Date of request
    November 30, 2022
    Project date
    Jan 2023 - Dec 2026
    Sustainable Development Goals
    Goal 3
    Goal 6
    Goal 8
    Goal 12
    Goal 14
    Chemicals and Waste
    Environmental Governance and Rights
    Marine and Freshwater
    Trade and Investment
    Implementation Status
    Under implementation
    Activity description

    In December 2022, the government of Nigeria submitted a technical legal assistance request for the development of a legislative framework to address plastic waste pollution in Nigeria. Specifically, the request outlined two areas of support: first, development of a Plastic Waste Regulation based on the National Policy on Plastic Waste of 2020, and; second, establishment of  Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Operational Guidelines on plastic waste control. For this, UNEP would collaborate with the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA).  

    Expected outcomes and impacts

    Development of plastic waste regulations and EPR guidelines will strengthen Nigeria’s efforts to address the human health and environmental impacts posed by plastic pollution and bring  the county’s legal framework into line with international legal developments, primarily the plastic waste amendments to the Basel Convention on Transboundary Movement of Hazardous and Other wastes that took effect in January 2021. The activity also responds to legislative gaps that have been identified in the country’s National Policy on Plastic Waste, 2020.

    UNEP support in implementing the activity

    From the initial assessment of the request and consultations with the National Focal Point, it was agreed that UNEP’s support would be channelled through an already existing project managed by the Montevideo Programme V secretariat, under the United Nations Development Account framework. This project seeks to strengthen waste management frameworks for four countries in Africa, including Nigeria. Additionally, some of the components that fell beyond the scope of the Montevideo Programme V  would be addressed under the country’s arrangements with other partners such as the European Union.

    Contact information

    Nigeria: Ibrahim Musa, Assistant Director, Legal Services Department, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) (Montevideo Programme V National Focal Point)

    UNEP: Sylvia Bankobeza, Legal Officer-Montevideo Coordination and Delivery Unit