East Asia is a hotspot for the leakage of plastic waste to the oceans. Most of the largest-contributing countries lie within the region. While there is growing policy and public attention being devoted to the topic, substantial gaps in knowledge remain. While countries and local government in the region have often been early innovators in plastic waste management, there also remain gaps in capacity needs and development.
With this in mind, the ASEAN-Norwegian cooperation project on local capacity building for reducing plastic pollution in the ASEAN region (ASEANO) has been created to help close these gaps. Through a multidisciplinary, cross-sectoral, and holistic approach the project will research and develop targeted and cost-efficient measures to reduce plastic waste and reduce waste leakage. It will also serve to develop a strong network including industries and businesses, governmental bodies, NGOs, academe, and other stakeholders.
The project was launched in December 2019. PEMSEA is serving as the implementing agency for the Philippine component of the ASEANO project. The inception workshop for the Philippine component was held in March 2020.
The Inception Workshop held on 5th March brought together stakeholders and interested parties with the dual aims of introducing these parties to the project and providing an opportunity for the project team to ask questions of these individuals. Local inputs and recommendations were sought on a number of different topics, and these inputs will be used to guide the project going forwards.