Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris


Various documents emphasising the importance of sharing knowledge and capacity development related to marine plastic debris have been produced by the United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and others. One of them is the ASEAN+3 Marine Plastics Debris Cooperative Action Initiative, which states best use of existing institutions such as Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), for sharing knowledge and capacity development. The initiative was welcomed by the ASEAN+3 Summit (10 ASEAN Member States, China, Japan, and Republic of Korea) in November 2018. With support from the Government of Japan and others, ERIA established on 01 October 2019 the Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris (RKC-MPD), an information clearinghouse on marine plastic debris in ASEAN+3 countries.






ASEAN countries are a major source of marine plastics and have initiated actions to reduce them. Indonesia developed the Indonesia’s Plan of Action on Marine Plastic Debris 2017–2025 in May 2017. Malaysia issued the Malaysia's Roadmap Toward Zero Single-Use Plastics 2018–2030 in September 2018, while the Cabinet of Thailand approved the Roadmap on Plastic Waste Management 2018–2030 in April 2019. ASEAN as a group has also taken action. The ASEAN Conference on Reducing Marine Debris in ASEAN Region, held in November 2017, recommended several activities, including the promotion of ‘regional policy dialogue on marine debris pollution issue to promote information and knowledge exchange and regional cooperation’. At the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok in June 2019, ASEAN leaders launched the ASEAN Framework of Action on Marine Debris, which recognises the urgent need to combat marine litter, including by ‘promoting platforms for knowledge sharing, innovative solutions and best practices to combat marine debris’.

Our Experts

Michikazu Kojima, Senior Economist

Michikazu Kojima is an economist specialising in environmental policies, especially, waste management and recycling in Asian countries. Prior to joining ERIA in March 2018, he was a chief senior researcher at Institute of Developing Economies (IDE) in Japan from 2015. He has also contributed in the field of international cooperation, as a member of Expert Working Group of Environmentally Sound Management under the Basel Convention, a member of Technical Expert Committee for Green Industry Platform by UNIDO and the course leader on JICA training courses on recycling policy. He holds Master of Science on Agricultural and Resource Economics from University of California, Berkeley.

Ellen Putri Edita, Research Associate

Ellen Putri Edita has joined ERIA since September 2019. As a Research Associate, she is currently involved in research on Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris in ASEAN Plus Three countries.

Prior to joining ERIA, Ellen has an experience to be an individual consultant for Ministry of Transportation, Republic of Indonesia, where she had responsibilities to calculate emission reduction from mitigation actions and create an energy modelling from transportation sector.

Ellen holds a Master of Science in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University, Sweden. During her master's degree, she and her team had a chance to create travel policy suggestion for Malmo Municipality due to the fact that a large portion of carbon emissions from the this municipality comes from business travels. Besides academic activities, Ellen was a co-founder of a start-up called "Super Tempe" which serves as an alternative sustainable food in Sweden.

Hendro Putra Johannes, Research Associate

Hendro Putra Johannes is a Research Associate in ERIA's Research Department. He is currently specialising on environmental issues especially waste management, recycling, and marine plastic debris.

Graduated from School of Environmental Science of Universitas Indonesia, he has conducted several research related to the environmental issues. He has completed research on main topics such as water footprint, life cycle assessment, waste management, and sustainability. Some of the research have been published in indexed proceeding and journal.

His interest in scientific writing has led him to win the National Essay Competition raising the theme Literacy to Support National Development in June 2019. Not only interested in article writing for international publication, he has also experienced as a Managing Editor Assistant at Journal of Environmental Science and Sustainable Development (JESSD) since 2018.

Fusanori Iwasaki, Senior Research Associate and Executive Assistant to the President of ERIA 

Fusanori Iwasaki is a Senior Research Associate and Executive Assistant to the President of ERIA. His research interests are in the fields of international relations and international business. He is currently involved in several ERIA research projects, such as the study on marine plastic issues in Asia, automobile and parts industry in ASEAN, as well as small and medium enterprises in Asia. Prior to joining ERIA, he was a research fellow in the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DC1). He holds a Master’s degree from the Legal and Political Studies Program at the Graduate Sschool of Law in Kyoto University, Japan, where he specialised in International Relations. He is also a Visiting Researcher of the Research Institute of Auto and Parts Industries in Waseda University, Japan.



The Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris (RKC-MPD) is a clearinghouse for information on marine plastic debris in ASEAN+3 countries. RKC-MPD facilitates networking among stakeholders, raises awareness, promotes innovative actions in each county, and facilitates national and regional cooperation to solve the marine plastic debris problem.

RKC-MPD’s major activities include developing the foundation of a regional knowledge centre by identifying focal ministries and agencies in ASEAN Member States; collecting and analysing information through reviews and sharing of good practices and policies, material flows and monitoring methodologies, and best practices and innovative solutions; knowledge sharing by developing a website; and raising awareness and building capacity.