Zero Plastics

to the Seas of Africa

20-24 April 2020

Port Elizabeth
South Africa

The Second International Conference of the African Marine Waste Network

20-24 April 2020
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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Conference 2020

Brought to you by the Sustainable Seas Trust

This conference is for everyone

This year’s theme  – Towards Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa –  
indicates a drive to stop plastics and other waste on land, at source, from finding its way to the seas.

Our Speakers

Dr Tony Ribbink

Founding trustee and CEO of Sustainable Seas Trust

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Dr Tony Ribbink is an internationally recognised scientist who applies his expertise in the service of the people of South Africa and Africa as a whole. He has leveraged science and technology to enable the people of different countries to work in concert to achieve African-defined and African-driven visions.

He also anticipated by many years the human rights issues current today by, for instance, initiating in the late 1970s the development of the Lake Malawi National Park in which villages were able to maintain their traditional rights.

In November 2007, Dr Ribbink became a founding trustee and CEO of Sustainable Seas Trust. From 1999 to 2005 he managed two international WWF projects on freshwaters, and concurrently, from 2002 to 2007, developed, raised the funds for and managed the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP). Dr Ribbink also received a gold medal from WWF for contributions to conservation and education and a silver medal for limnological research, an award only present four times since the society’s inception in 1964.

Jenna Jambeck PhD

National Geographic Fellow, University of Georgia, Professor of Environmental Engineering

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Dr. Jenna Jambeck is a Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia (UGA), Director of the Center for Circular Materials Management in the New Materials Institute and a National Geographic Fellow.
She has been conducting research on solid waste issues for over 23 years with related projects on marine debris since 2001. She also specializes in global waste management issues and plastic contamination. Her work on plastic waste inputs into the ocean has been recognized by the global community and translated into policy discussions by the Global Ocean Commission, in testimony to U.S. Congress, in G7 and G20 Declarations, and the United Nations Environment program.

Jenna conducts public environmental diplomacy as an International Informational Speaker for the US Department of State. This has included multiple global programs of speaking events, meetings, presentations to governmental bodies, and media outreach in thirteen countries including Chile, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, Vietnam, Jordan, Israel, South Korea, India, and China. She has won awards for her teaching and research in the College of Engineering and the UGA Creative Research Medal, as well as a Public Service and Outreach Fellowship.

In 2014, Jenna sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with 13 other women in eXXpedition to sample land and open ocean plastic and encourage women to enter STEM disciplines. She is co-developer of the mobile app Marine Debris Tracker, a tool that continues to facilitate a growing global citizen science initiative. The app and citizen science programme has documented the location of over one million litter and marine debris items removed from our environment throughout the world.

Linda Godfrey PhD

Principal Scientist, Waste and Circular Economy, CSIR

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Prof Linda Godfrey is a Principal Scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Associate Professor at Northwest University in South Africa, and holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

With over 20-years of sector experience, she currently heads up the Waste Research Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap Implementation Unit on behalf of the Department of Science and Innovation, a unit tasked with implementing South Africa’s 10-year Waste RDI Roadmap. She has provided strategic input to a number of local, regional and international waste and circular economy initiatives for the United Nations, European Union, South African Government Departments, Academy of Sciences, International Solid Waste Association, universities and businesses. She lectures internationally on solid waste management in developing countries, including the social, economic and environmental opportunities of “waste” within a circular economy context. She has published extensively in the field.

Abou Bamba

Executive Secretary Abidjan Convention

Denise Hardesty

Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Oceans and Atmospheres 

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Dr Denise Hardesty is a principal research scientist for CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere. A broadly trained ecologist, her work has taken her to all seven continents, studying everything from penguins in Antarctica to hornbills in West Africa, the rainforests of central and South America, and looking at plastic waste along the coastlines in Australia, Asia, North and South America and Africa.

For the last decade her work has increasingly focused on plastic pollution, looking at impacts on wildlife such as seabirds, turtles and marine mammals, and examining the sources, drivers and distribution of mis-managed waste.

As recognition of the plastic pollution issue grows, Denise is increasingly asked to provide expert opinion on marine debris related matters to international and domestic governments, industry, fisheries and other stakeholders including the United Nations, G7 and G20 bodies, and the Convention on Biological Diversity, with the aim of to reducing this important transboundary issue. She believes strongly in the contribution of communities, having worked with more than 8,000 citizen scientists over the last few years to help tackle the plastic pollution problem.

No Time To Waste

Plastics touch the lives of everyone, everywhere, every day. This conference is for everyone. Join us and be a part of leading Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa.


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The Second International Conference of the African Marine Waste Network

20-24 April 2020
Port Elizabeth, South Africa