Plastic pollution and flood risk

The accumulation of mismanaged plastic waste is a serious issue globally. It has severe negative impacts on biodiversity and the environment, as well as on livelihoods and human health.

As climate change makes rainfall events more intense and frequent, plastic pollution blocking drainage systems in poor urban areas (slums) poses a serious danger to communities living in flood-risk areas. The report:

  • estimates the number of people globally who are at risk of experiencing more severe and frequent flooding because of plastic pollution
  • summarises current knowledge about plastic-aggravated flooding events and their negative consequences for human health
  • concludes that plastic pollution acts as a significant threat multiplier when it comes to flood risk.

Its findings are particularly important to the ongoing negotiations about a United Nations (UN) plastics treaty, which aims to tackle plastic pollution and protect human health from its adverse effects.

This report was commissioned and released by Tearfund UK.

Are you sure you want to delete this "resource"?
This item will be deleted immediately. You cannot undo this action.

Related Resources

17 Jun 2016
This document is intended to provide advice concerning policy and technical matters pertinent to instituting a Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)‑enabled National Alert System in Mexico. The advice is contributed by individuals in the role of invited e...
Tags: Report, Early Warning Systems
Awareness material, Other type of resource
29 Jan 2021
Click this link to view or find a downloadable copy of the IFRC Alert Hub one-pager below.  
Tags: Awareness material, Other type of resource, Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management, Early Warning Systems
29 Oct 2018
This presentation was given by Arnel Manoos on 31 October, 2018, at the CAP Implementation Workshop in Hong Kong, China.
Tags: Report, Early Warning Systems
Scroll to Top