African Marine Waste Network
The African Marine Waste Network programme will be launched on 25 July 2016!
There is already too much waste in the coastal waters of Africa and it will double in the next 30 years if trends continue. Africa could become the most polluted continent on the planet.
To reverse the trends, Sustainable Seas Trust and it partners are launching the AFRICAN MARINE WASTE NETWORK which will:
- enhance coordinated commitments around Africa to reduce both land-based (circa 85%) and sea-based (circa 15%) sources of debris.
- gather and share data necessary to develop baselines and informed strategies as well as track progress towards goal achievement.
- roll out education and awareness programmes that are adapted to the cultures of Africa.
- build capacity that is qualified to meet the challenges.
- promote research and proof of concept demonstrations projects that can be shared across the network.
- contribute information that will enable governments, municipalities, harbours and organizations to successfully motivate for better resources so that they might execute environmentally safe and economically beneficial waste management and recycling schemes.
- strengthen the after-use (circular) plastics economy and promote direct economic incentives to avoid leakage into natural systems.
- ensure that the African Network joins Global Networks to facilitate rapid transfer of regional and global best practice and expertise.
- organize conferences, workshops, festivals, schools events and use the media to facilitate collaboration and sharing of best practice.