23-27 May 2022  •  Nelson Mandela Bay  •  South Africa

The Second International
Conference Of The
African Marine Waste Network


The theme of this conference – Towards Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa – indicates a drive to stop plastics and other waste on land, at source, before they find their way to the seas.

This also means cleaning up the plastics that are already in the environment. The underlying philosophy is that if plastics are not in the natural environment, they cannot be blown or washed into the ocean.

Plastics touch the lives of everyone, everywhere, every day. Plastics are inexpensive, durable, lightweight, and fulfil many purposes, adding convenience and transforming our lives. Sadly, plastics are poorly managed, which impacts negatively on human and environmental health as well as the economy. This conference offers individuals from different disciplines and backgrounds the chance to work together and help lead Africa Towards Zero Plastics to the Seas.

Delegates are invited to show what they are doing or believe should be done to achieve this movement and goal.

The Towards Zero Plastics to the Seas approach provides a focus that enables goals to be set and progress to be measured, ideally against time frames. It is valuable in setting frameworks to guide the development of National and Regional Action Plans that are so important to Africa.

The conference is an opportunity to agree on best practices and to explore ways to measure progress towards zero plastics to the seas, and ultimately measure progress towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and the effectiveness of actions taken.

If you are involved in any efforts to better manage plastic in a way that reduces the amount that might enter the environment and make its way to the seas, then plan to be at the conference.

The goal of the conference is to assemble best practice
recommendations for incorporation into national and regional action plans that will help move Africa Towards Zero Plastics to the Seas and contribute toward the achievement of SDGs.


The African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) and its partners are keen to learn from
the experiences of others on how their work and ideas may contribute to solving
problems, and moving Africa towards zero plastics to the seas.

Abstracts falling into the following broad categories will be most keenly considered:

  • Gathering scientific data to guide decisions.
  • Finding ways to mitigate economic, human and environmental health costs of plastic waste.
  • Harnessing opportunities for economic, socio economic and entrepreneurship.
  • The leading role of industry.
  • New ideas and technical innovations.
  • Education and training.
  • Leadership and policy development in managing plastic waste.

If your field of work is not covered by any of the abstract topics mentioned above, please contact SST to ascertain whether your work can be included. As the conference is a platform to share novel ideas, case studies, new breakthroughs, and ideas which can promote the drive to move towards zero plastics to the seas of Africa, you may find that your work is welcome.


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