1. Introduction

Marine litter is found in all the world’s oceans and seas, even in remote areas far from human contact and obvious sources of the problem, constituting an increasing risk to ecosystem health and biodiversity, while entailing substantial economic costs through its impacts on public health, tourism, shipping, fishing and aquaculture. About 80 percent of marine litter originates from land-based human activities and by some estimates every year at least 8 million tonnes of plastic find its way into the world’s oceans. This is rooted in unsustainable production and consumption patterns, poor solid waste management and lack of infrastructure, lack of adequate legal and policy frameworks and poor enforcement, including on interregional cross-border trade of plastic waste, and a lack of financial resources both at national and local governments.

In 2019, UN-Habitat supported UN Environment in identifying 50 land-based point-source hotspots in Africa and South Asia, using the concept of SDG indicator 11.6.1 ‘Proportion of Municipal Solid Waste Collected and Managed in Controlled Facilities out of Total Municipal Solid Waste Generated in the City’ for which UN-Habitat is the custodian agency. The project is aiming to scale up last year’s work on regional modelling of marine litter hotspot analysis into global scale.


  1. Proposed Project of global and regional marine litter hotspot modelling

UN-Habitat invites Expressions of Interest from Not-for–Profit Organisations and Governmental Institutions to identify and map hotspots of plastic waste leakage into the environment at the regional level in East Asian Seas (EAS) countries as well as globally.

The activities expected under this project include but are not limited to the following key elements:

  1. Identify integration methodology for different existing plastic leakage and marine litter flow models;
  2. Global marine litter hotspot modelling and mapping, as well as at the regional level in East Asian Seas (EAS) countries;
  3. Develop a report and maps of the identified global and regional EAS) modelling of land-based marine litter hotspots;
  4. Produce interactive data layers to map and visualize hotspots and marine litter flows globally for integration in the UN Environment Global Partnership for Marine Litter digital platform.


  1. Expression of Interest

The EOI should contain, but not be limited to the following:

  1. Overall experience of the organisation in the area of interest;
  2. A short conceptual proposal on how the organisation plans to develop and implement this initiative;
  3. The support/contribution the organisation is willing to make including, cash and in kind; (contribution in terms of staff time, office space and equipment and other support in cash and in-kind should be expressed in monetary terms) 
  4.  A certified true copy of the original Audited Account Statement for the last two years and latest annual report; and
  5. Governance and organisational structure; experience and qualifications of key professional staff and infrastructure facilities of the organization.


  1. Overall Timeframe

The work outlined in this EOI is scheduled to commence as soon as possible and completed by March 2021.


  1. Submission Requirements and Guidelines

Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format no later than 20 January 2021 to the e-mail address given below:


  1. Contact Information

Nele Kapp

Associate Officer Waste Management

Urban Basic Services Section, Urban Practice Branch, Global Solution Division

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254 794 669 754


  1. Budget

UN-Habitat will contribute financial resources towards Agreements of Cooperation of up to USD 100,000.


  1. Other

Please note that this EOI notice does not constitute a solicitation. UN-Habitat reserves the right to change or cancel this requirement at any time in the Expressions of Interest/or solicitation process.

Submitting a reply to an EOI does not guarantee that a Cooperation Partner will be considered for receipt of the solicitation when issued and only Cooperation Partners who are deemed qualified by UN-Habitat upon completion of evaluation of submission, will receive the final solicitation document.