TOWARDS
ZERO PLASTICS
TO THE SEAS OF AFRICA

The Second International Conference of the African Marine Waste Network

20-24 April 2020
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME SCHEDULE

19th April 2020

Time Agenda Item
17:00 – 19:00 Pre-registration & cocktail function

20th April 2020

Time Agenda Item
08:30 – 10:00 Plenary session (3 speakers)
Tea break
10:20 – 12:20 3x Parallel sessions
Lunch break
13:20 – 15:00 3x Parallel sessions
Tea break
15:20 – 17:00 3x Parallel sessions

21th April 2020

Time Agenda Item
08:30 – 10:00 Plenary session (3 speakers)
Tea break
10:20 – 12:20 3x Parallel sessions
Lunch break
13:20 – 15:00 3x Parallel sessions
Tea break
15:20 – 17:00 3x Parallel sessions

22th April 2020

Time Agenda Item
08:30 – 10:00 Plenary session (3 speakers)
Tea break
10:20 – 12:20 3x Parallel sessions
Lunch break
13:20 – 15:00 3x Parallel sessions
Tea break
15:20 – 17:00 3x Parallel sessions

23th April 2020

Time Agenda Item
08:30 – 10:00 Plenary session (3 speakers)
Tea break
10:20 – 12:20 3x Parallel sessions
Lunch break
13:20 – 15:00 3x Parallel sessions
Tea break
15:20 – 17:00 3x Parallel sessions
19:00 – 23:00 Gala Dinner

24th April 2020

Time Agenda Item
08:30 – 10:00 Plenary session (3 speakers)
Tea break
10:20 – 12:20 3x Parallel sessions
Lunch break

 

2020 Conference Themes

Click here for more info about this year’s themes

Taking
action

The facts
and fallacies

Inspiring
change

Taking
the lead

Uniting
for change

Sessions

Some of the planned sessions are outlined below:

E

RESEARCH SESSIONS

These sessions will embrace data gathering on macro-, meso- and micro-plastics, including use of remote sensing, establishing baselines, building evidence-based management strategies, measuring the effectiveness of interventions (i.e. monitoring progress) and the manner in which strategies need to be adapted to caning circumstances related to growth and development of coastal Africa.

E

INNOVATIVE IDEAS

In science and product development, research in human health and plastics, impacts of plastic on environmental health will be encouraged.
E

EDUCATION

Capacity building and skills transfer will have inspiring sessions as will those dealing with public participation and citizen science.
E

REGIONAL EFFORTS

The forum will also be used to hear of different aspects of work being undertaken in different parts of Africa. For example, a session is being devoted to work in the Western Indian Ocean and we hope to have similar sessions for Abidjan Convention countries and other regions.
E

CITIES, TOWNS AND MUNICIPALITIES

Are pivotal fully deserving of focused sessions.
E

HARNESSING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Promoting economic enterprises and providing economic incentives to better manage waste. These are also the areas in which the producers, retailers, consumers, recyclers all play a role too.

Be the
Change

Share your ideas, activities and recommendations on how to reduce the flow of plastics into the environment and ultimately to the sea: