Sustainability and poverty alleviation through education

Sustainable Seas Trust is a non-profit organisation that supports and connects communities across Africa through education, enterprise development, and creating awareness about ocean conservation and waste management. We also build networks for sharing information and support focused on waste control. More about SST

We have two primary projects:

  • The African Marine Waste Network has a goal of zero plastics to sea by 2035. How will we do that? We work through four main tools: economic enterprises and initiatives, education and capacity building, communications and networking, and research. Using these, we will work catchment by catchment, city by city, country by country to keep our oceans clean. We're starting in our hometown, Nelson Mandela Bay: we aim to declare it the cleanest city in South Africa by 2021. More
  • SST's Hope Spots focus on sea sustainability and coastal rehabilitation. Through it, we aim to create networks that focus on marine education, conservation and enterprise development through tourism. More

Our work is important because waste-focused studies predict that by 2050 there will be more plastic littering Africa and entering its seas than any other continent. This vast pollution, combined with habitat destruction and over-fishing, stands to collapse the ocean’s ecosystems, and that threatens our own existence. In addition, addressing poverty and human health are fundamental in the fight against marine pollution. Healthy communities lead to a healthy environment.

We are reconstructing the SST website. Watch this space.


Are You On The Map?

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If you’re part of any initiative that is aimed at keeping Africa’s seas clean and sustainable, you should join our network and
get on this map.

This project is supported by the
Norwegian government

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