Mr Reo Kawamura, Director for Environmental Policy and Director for Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris launched the new “ASEAN-Japan Action Agenda on Plastic Pollution” during the ASEAN-Japan Cooperation Symposium, last month.
Multiple businesses in Lao PDR are addressing the issue of plastic at different stages of the life cycle. The inspiring initiatives were discussed during a seminar entitled ‘Upstream and Downstream: Plastic Waste Management in Laos’, held in Vientiane last month.
ERIA gave a presentation at the 18th ASEAN Plus Three Environment Ministers’ Meeting (EMM) and ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Dialogue on Environmental Cooperation (AJMDEC) about the Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris and its alignment with the ASEAN Regional Action Plan for Combating Marine Debris.
The 4th meeting of ERIA’s Experts Working Group on Marine Plastic Debris concluded by urging the development of standardised methodologies for material flow analysis of plastics and monitoring plastic pollution in the environment.
This episode features materials engineer, Jade Katherine Castro who sees plastic as beneficial. The issue, according to her, is how to sustainably manage, produce, and consume plastic so it doesn’t harm the environment.
Harmonising collection of data, policy coherence, and multisectoral financing to tackle marine plastic pollution is essential to facilitate an efficient decision-making process, according to the experts attending The Third Regional Ocean Policy Dialogue in Bali.