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6 to 8 June 2013

Cape Town, South Africa


The First African Summit on Marine Debris took place during World Environmental Week and World Ocean Day, June, 6 to 8 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa.

Plastics SA, the Department of Environmental Affairs, the South African National Biodiversity Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme were co-organizers of the conference, which brought together marine debris researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers, industry representatives, and the non-governmental community. The summit highlighted research advances, allowed sharing of strategies and best practices to assess, reduce, and prevent the impacts of marine debris, and provided an opportunity for the development of specific bilateral or multi-country strategies.

The presentations made at the Summit are available to download below:



Douw Steyn: Plastics|SA's commitment

Martin Engelmann: PlasticsEurope

Nic de Souza, WSPA

Ray Chaplin the Adventurer, Plastics|SA Nampak Rigid Plastics Orange River Project

Heidi Savelli, UNEP

Henk Bouwman, Research Unit for Environmental Sciences and Development

Peter Ryan, Percy Fitzpatrick Institute, UCT

Kerry Sink, SANBI

Gladys Okemwa & Doris Mutta, Nairobi Convention Strategies

Dr George Hughes, the Sea Turtle Project

Luc Mellaerts, Waste Free Oceans Foundation


Marine debris is an international concern not only because it washes up on beaches and shorelines worldwide, but also because debris can be transferred from one country to another via ocean currents. International cooperation is needed to create public awareness while developing ways to decrease the amount of debris in oceans around the globe.

To read more about this Summit, please download the Prospectus, or contact John Kieser at John.kieser@plasticssa.co.za