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.
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