Stakeholder networks from 31 countries united to collaborate on Ocean Action, Climate Action, addressing pollution from land-based, riverine and marine-based sources and advancing Circular Economy development.

Our network is co-owned by its members.

Our approach is based on the 5 principles of Collective Impact

Common agenda; Shared measurement systems; Mutually reinforcing activities; Continuous communication; and backbone support organisations (the member networks)

Our collective expertise

We provide international expertise and launch joint initiatives; We support advancing solutions for the global waste & climate crisis

IWP network partners

  • have country-specific insights
  • follow a multi-sector stakeholder approach within our respective member countries


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 / 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.

Scope of work

  • mapping of stakeholders and stakeholder groups and their programs;
  • promoting and facilitating cross-sector collaborations and facilitate advancing synergy in agendas;
  • capacity building of stakeholders;
  • campaigning to promote reduction of single-use plastics use and implementation of alternative delivery models
  • strive for inclusion of environmental education in national curricula to advance waste and climate change literacy;
  • strive for mandatory international standardisation of recycling information on packaging and bins and mandatory recyclability verification;
  • strive for transparency in the recycling sector
  • stakeholder engagement in national and international action plans and strategies;
  • promote the forming of such national action plans and strategies in countries/regions which not yet have developed these;
  • country/ regional specific activities;
  • responding to the call for action on SDG17.


April 2021 Tech-Talk Recyclability verification & standardisation of recycling information on packaging

2020-12 Open Letter to United Nations proposing a treaty on internationally Harmonized Standards for Mandatory Labels of End Of Life Disposal Instruction On Packaging and Standardized Labels On Recycling Bins and Receptacles

2020-11 Video: Recycling has been designed to fail – so let’s fix it

2019-4 Article: ‘The important role of marine debris networks to prevent and reduce ocean plastic pollution‘  Marine Pollution Bulletin Volume 141, April 2019, Pages 657-662

Our Commitment to United Nations

Voluntary Commitment #OceanAction26660

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