2022 September Teach. Tackle. Transform. Technical Session at the 7th International Marine Debris Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea. Inspiring case studies from all parts of the globe were shared during our session in collaboration with our network members: Tangaroa Blue, Indonesian Waste Platform , Thant Myanmar , Sustainable Seas Trust and joined by Dr. Cressida Boywer from the University of Portsmouth and Prof. Biju Kumar from the University of Kerala to showcase the importance of educational resources and programs being integrated into school curricula and community education programs to support to support long-term shifts in people’s understanding of waste and plastic in our environment.
The session also forwarded a framework for integrating the concepts of circular economy, and plastic and carbon neutrality into the “Education for Sustainable Development” (ESD) campaigns and ocean literacy programmes during the UN Decade of Oceans for Sustainable Development.
Session coordinator : Jella Kandziora; speakers and panelists Jella Kandziora, Biju Kumar, Heidi Tait , Cressida Bowyer and Marta Muslin. Presentations:
2022 Recycling has been designed to fail – so let’s fix it!
2021 April Tech-Talk Recyclability verification & standardisation of recycling information on packaging
2021 Cross sector discussion about recyclability verification & on-pack recycling information
2021 open letter to UN on 24 September 2021 – The International Waste Platform commits to support the development of the legally binding global agreement to combat plastic pollution, in our special role and capacity as a network of active NGOs and waste advisory firms working to combat plastic waste. IWP fully supports the initiative to develop a global agreement. We undertake to use our network to promote its goals and activities.
2020 Open Letter to United Nations on 19 December 2020 – requesting adoption of internationally mandatory recyclability verification and harmonised standards for labels for end of life disposal instruction on packaging and standardised labels on recycling bins and receptacles.
2019 The important role of marine debris networks to prevent and reduce ocean plastic pollution Marine Pollution Bulletin – Volume 141, 2019, Pages 657-662 J.H. Kandziora, N. van Toulon, P. Sobral, H.L. Taylor, A.J. Ribbink, J.R. Jambeck, S. Werner
Abstract: Societal change is needed to prevent and reduce the growth in the amount of solid waste entering the sea. Marine debris networks cover a broad range of activities in order to protect our oceans. By following a common vision and a collective systematic approach they are capable of creating synergies between all relevant stakeholders that result in reducing the flow of waste into our oceans. Thus, they are key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. During the 6th International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego in 2018, different marine debris networks from different parts of the world presented their activities, achievements and challenges. This led to network representatives agreeing to collaborate as members of an International Waste Platform. This platform aims to harmonize objectives, share knowledge, join forces and help new networks to emerge.
Keywords: Marine debris; Networks; International waste platform; Societal change; SDGs; Global challenge
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