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International Volunteers Tackle Pollution
Description/achievement of initiative

Projects Abroad global conservation projects are working explicitly towards SDG 12 and 14 as it relates to waste and pollution. Terrestrial and marine conservation projects will report on activities including rubbish cleanups, recycling and awareness activities surrounding these topics across seven countries in the Global South.

Implementation methodologies

Each project is guided by a Management Plan that outlines the role and methodology of each activity. Permanent technical staff uses this management plan to introduce and train volunteers to ensure that they achieve the outlined goals. Targets set in this partnership will also be expressed in the induction to volunteers. Monthly Impact reports are also used as marketing tools to ensure quality volunteer join the programme consistently to meet the targets outlined. Rubbish clean-ups are conducted within communities, reserves, and beaches.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Technical staff manage the projects, train coordinators and other staff, as well as train international volunteers from around the world. International volunteers with experience also provide trainings to the local staff where applicable. Methodologies from different regions are shared on an internal resource database to facilitate information sharing and best practice.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Projects Abroad has a dedicated team of Programme Development Officers that collect monthly data from all projects registered under this initiative. Progress reports will be submitted on to the portal every three months by a designated Programme Development Officer. Impact is evaluated internally using a Global Impact Database that records total rubbish collected and how the rubbish is disposed, including if it was reused or recycled. Reports can be generated regularly for each project and collated to publish every three months on the Partnerships portal. Monthly Impact Reports are also submitted monthly to cross reference the information inputted into the database. Projects Abroad also produces a yearly Global Impact Report whereby the reported information will also be represented.


Projects Abroad
Progress reports
Goal 12
Goal 14
Recycle 345 kg of trash collected
Reuse 750 glass bottles and turn them into cups and art
Collect 8369kg of rubbish from communities and beaches
Conduct 30 awareness talks on ocean conservation in schools in Southern Belize
In-kind contribution
Manpower: Consistent long-term projects supported by international volunteers year-round
Staff / Technical expertise
Terrestrial and Marine biologists, field scientists, coordinators, programme development officers

Basic information
Time-frame: 2018/01 - 2019/12
Projects Abroad
Contact information
Jennifer Puyo, Head of Programme Development, jenniferpuyo@projects-abroad.org
United Nations