what we do
The African Marine Waste Network focuses on preventing marine pollution in Africa at its source, on land. It does this by building networks between government, industry and civil society, and fostering enterprise development; it’s an active platform for collaboration, and resource- and knowledge-sharing within countries and across borders in Africa. It’s a project of NPO Sustainable Seas Trust.
Why our work is important According to research*, Africa will be the greatest plastic polluter of the seas by 2035. Plastic in the ocean affects its marine life, its ecosystems and productivity, and we rely on the sea as a food source and for the very air we breathe. It also impacts human health and affects our economy. We need to stop plastic waste entering the sea, and the most effective way is to do that at its source, on land. This is our focus. However, we also see this environmental issue as an opportunity. Plastic waste has a value that can be harnessed, so we seek ways to foster enterprise development that uses plastic as a resource.
* Africa Waste Management Outlook, UNEP 2018
To encourage the people of Africa to develop and implement better waste-management strategies to benefit human health, prosperity and the environment.
The AMWN aims to fight plastic pollution and develop and implement better waste-management strategies in Africa.
We’re producing a textbook for schools, universities and organisations to use as a guide to plastic pollution.
COMMUNICATIONS & NETWORKING
Ours is an active platform for collaboration, and knowledge- and resource-sharing for stakeholders across Africa.
Our research projects develop baselines and aim to provide reliable data about plastic pollution in order to inform decisions.
Addressing unemployment and poor living conditions are fundamental in the fight against marine pollution.
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The network is the first to unite a growing community of researchers, educators, industry, media and governments to find solutions to Africa’s marine-waste issues.
From our Blog
Who are the stakeholders? How do we effectively communicate with them? What does success look like in a world where the environment is not ravaged by plastic pollution? These are some of the questions that were discussed at the Communications Reboot Workshop held...
Abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG or ghost gear) is one of the major sources of marine pollution. It not only threatens marine wildlife through entanglement and continued catching of target and non-target species, called “ghost fishing”,...
Plastic pollution is a spider’s web of a problem: there are so many difficult elements, each a fly stuck on connecting strands that lead to a scary centre – unless we begin to get unstuck. The problem is where does one begin? A small group of representatives from...
‘Young people have an incredibly important role [when it comes to plastic pollution], but you must get on top of it!’ This good-natured order came from Derek Hanekom, Acting Minister of Environmental Affairs, at the launch of the African Youth Waste...
Plastic is everywhere, in what we wear, covering the things and food we buy, in the tyres on which we drive, it’s even in the teabags we steep in water. We use it all the time in ways we don’t even know, and yet we feel righteous saying no to a plastic...
Rick-Ernest Bonnier of Clean Ocean, member of the African Marine Waste Network Rick-Ernest Bonnier, 27, wants to change the world. In particular, he wants to rid it of the scourge of plastic pollution that is enveloping marine life around the globe –...
Xhosa people have a saying, ‘It takes a village’, meaning it takes a village to raise a child, and we need to take the same attitude towards the environment. Just like a child, the environment needs nurturing – and protection. This was one of the...
SST is currently developing the Education Resource Book: A Guide to Plastics for educators in order to promote waste management. This education workshop focused on developing curricula on plastics for inclusion in the book, focusing on components within...