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about International Waste Platform

Our network was initiated in 2018 during the 6th International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego. By 2022 stakeholder networks from 35 countries have connected to collaborate on Ocean Action, Climate Action, addressing pollution from land-based, riverine and marine-based sources and advancing Circular Economy development. We provide international overview, expertise and launch joint initiatives; We support advancing solutions to mitigate the global waste, plastic pollution & climate crises which are interlinked.

Our network is co-owned by its members and inclusive. Our network is a non-for-profit organisation. Feel free to connect and join our network.

connect with us on advancing environmental education

On 20 September 2022 we hosted a session at the 7th International Marine Debris Conference. Link to presentations: The vital role of environmental education to end plastic pollution – lessons learned and potential solutions.  

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our collective expertise

IWP network partners have country-specific insights and follow a multi-sector stakeholder approach within their respective countries & regions

Collective Impact approach

Keywords : Common agenda; mutually reinforcing activities; continuous communication; inclusivity.

our objectives

Representatives committed themselves to align objectives, to support the implementation of strategies of Ocean Action and Climate Action, as well as to share ideas, best practices, concepts, programs, knowledge and opportunities; including the reduction of plastic debris at the source, before it enters rivers and the coastal environment. Country and regional networks and national marine debris networks make a difference in societal behaviour change and environmental policies by providing input and promoting action which aims at finding solutions to reduce (ocean) plastic pollution. Country and regional networks are instrumental to reach the prevention and reduction of marine pollution, facilitate and foster the establishment of national and international partnerships in a multi-stakeholder approach.

our scope of work

international strategies and stakeholder engagement

stakeholder mapping | collaborate on cross-boundary issues | stakeholder engagement in national and international action plans and strategies | collaborate on international illicit waste trafficking

eduction, waste and climate literacy

🔥 raise awareness about open burning of waste 🔥 | reducuction campaigns | promote consumer participation | repair and reuse | strive for inclusion of environmental education in national curricula | provide an overview of available learning materials | advance citizen science

standardisation and harmonisation

strive for mandatory international standardisation of recycling information on packaging and bins and mandatory recyclability verification | strive for transparency in the recycling sector | collaborate and support advancing harmonisation of waste and litter data and monitoring protocols | strive for legislation on the maximum allowed empty space in packaging (reduce non-functional slack-fill)

our commitment to United Nations

Voluntary Commitment #OceanAction26660

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get in touch

Contact details of each network can be found on the individual network pages. This network is coördinated by Jella and Nina van

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