ASEAN pushes forward on marine litter prevention

NUSA DUA, 6 November 2018 – Representatives from ASEAN Member States, Europe, and other international partners to exchange experiences on the management of plastic and packaging waste in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on 31 October – 1 November.

Around 150 representatives from governments, cities, businesses, civil society, and the academia participated in the event, which was held in subsequence to the Our Ocean Conference 2018

The participants exchanged information and views on the current state of packaging value chains and packaging waste management in Southeast Asia, including its contribution to marine pollution in the region. They discussed solutions for packaging design and responsible production, packaging in retail and consumption, packaging waste collection, packaging waste sorting and recycling, the integration of the informal economy as well as source-to-sea management for preventing marine pollution. Participants also discussed amongst others about approaches for extended producer responsibility, financing schemes, public awareness raising, partnerships along the packaging value chain, business opportunities, standards for packaging design and recycled materials, social benefits and safeguards and the role of regional trade and cooperation in ASEAN.

Recognising the need for regional action, participants compiled through discussions within working groups a set of recommendations to be submitted for further consideration to the ASEAN Working Group on Coastal and Marine Environment (AWGCME), who will meet on 29-30 January 2019 in Phuket, Thailand.

The workshop built upon the results of the ASEAN Conference on Reducing Marine Debris in ASEAN Region that took place in November 2017 in Phuket, Thailand. It also built upon the United Nations Environmental Assemblys resolution 3/7 on Marine litter and microplastics. It was complementary to on-going processes and programmes within the framework of the East Asian Summit, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Coordinating Body of the Seas of East Asia Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission, G7 and G20.

The workshop was co-hosted by ASEAN, the Indonesian Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta. It was organised by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit.

The workshop intended to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, notably Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 on sustainable cities, SDG 12 on responsible consumption and production and SDG 14 on life below water.

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