On Wednesday, delegates to the seventeenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-17) continued their discussions under the theme: “marine debris, plastics and microplastics.”
Discussion panels took place throughout the day on the topic: “challenges, lessons learned, best practices and way forward to prevent, reduce and control pollution from marine debris, plastics and microplastics.”
In the morning, delegates heard six presentations on: the UNEA-2 outcome on marine debris; the role of the World Bank’s Pollution Management and Environmental Health (PMEH) Trust Fund in strengthening solid waste management to protect marine environments; scaling recycling through zero-interest loans to cities and investments in waste companies; market-based and design change solutions to address the impact of lost and discarded fishing gear; and market-focused sustainable packaging initiatives.
In the afternoon, delegates heard six presentations on: characterization of marine debris in Peru; perspectives from Ocean Conservancy; innovative technologies used in the work of The Ocean Cleanup foundation; creative solutions for Pacific plastic pollution; ways of partnering with urban youth on upstream solutions, civic action, media and messaging to reduce plastic marine debris and microplastics; and the way towards an improved framework to prevent marine plastic debris.
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L-R: Co-Chair Nicholas Emiliou, Cyprus; Co-Chair Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru; and Alice Hicuburundi, Secretary, ICP-17
L-R: Jeff Wooster, Dow Chemical Company; Elizabeth Hogan, Global Ghost Gear Initiative; and Rob Kaplan, Closed Loop Fund
Richard Northcote, Covestro, presented initiatives of plastic markers in support of marine litter prevention
and waste management.
Rob Kaplan, Closed Loop Fund, said that cities spend US$ 5 billion annually to truck, barge and rail waste to landfills, and highlighted opportunities for savings and revenue generation through recycling.
Jeff Wooster, Dow Chemical Company, underscored the need for multi-stakeholder partnerships to improve
Angel Horna, Peru
Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica
Jo Høvik, Norway
Michel Djimgou Djomeni, Cameroon
John Brincat, EU, in conversation with Natalie Morris-Sharma, Singapore
Kimo Goree, IISD, with Johanna Eriksson, Sweden
L-R: Stefan Kuuskne, Valentina Germani, and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS
Reisser, The Ocean Cleanup, presented technologies that her organization uses for extracting,
preventing and intercepting plastic pollution.
Camden Howitt, Sustainable Coastlines, presented creative solutions for plastics pollution in the Pacific.
Thembile Joyini, South Africa