South East Asia contributes to over 60% of the global plastic pollution in the marine environment and with their cities growing exponentially, urban waste management systems are struggling to keep up, only worsening the problem.
The ‘Measure! Monitor! Manage! Innovative approaches to evidence-based plastic pollution prevention’ event will focus on the latest innovative approaches to manage marine plastic pollution and deep dive into tracking plastic pollution in cities and oceans, with real-world applications, live demonstrations and a round table session. The session will be led by experts, scientists and urban practitioners in plastic waste measuring, monitoring and management. To join, please register via https://forms.gle/JH11R1J3FLknpuBQA.
Event co-organizer, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), is undertaking an initiative towards reducing the environmental impacts ASEAN cities. The project, Closing the Loop, addresses plastic waste pollution and leakages into the marine environment. The event will highlight the latest project developments and share insights from their free eLearning course entitled, Cities and Marine Plastic Pollution: Building a Circular Economy. Closing the Loop is supported by the Government of Japan and works with several Japanese agencies, including event co-organizer the Institute for Global Studies (IGES) to realize the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision. This platform, developed at the G20 summit in Osaka in 2019, aims to bring marine plastic litter to zero by 2050.
Plymouth Marine Laboratory, a PEMSEA non-country partner, has been working with UN ESCAP on the plastics issue and will, together with the University of Wageningen, demonstrate state-of-the-art technologies and techniques in a live demo session that can measure and monitor plastic waste in urban and marine environments.
"Plastic marine litter is one of today's most serious emerging issues, and without any countermeasures, the amount of plastic waste in the ocean will outweigh fish by 2050, posing a threat to the environment and our way of life," said Kazuya Nashida, Ambassador of Japan in Thailand. "It is said that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased pollution from disposable products, such as plastic face masks and hand sanitiser bottles. To counteract this, we must work together to identify sources and pathways to reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste."
This event is part of a series of collaborations set to culminate in the East Asian Seas Congress 2021 from 1-2 December 2021 (https://eascongress2021.pemsea.org/) and has been co-organized by: Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), United Kingdom (UK), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan, Wageningen University (WUR), Netherlands and the Viet Nam National University (VNU). For more information on Closing the Loop, please visit: https://www.unescap.org/projects/ctl