Today is the start of the first-ever African Marine Debris Summit, which runs from June 6-8, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Summit brings together researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers, industry representatives and other interested parties to discuss the issue of marine debris.
Plastics SA, the group that represents the South African plastics industry, has joined with the Department of Environmental Affairs, the South African National Biodiversity Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme to organize the African Marine Debris Summit.
It aims to encourage discussion of strategies to assess, reduce and prevent the impacts of marine debris, to highlight advances in marine debris research, and to promote international cooperation in dealing with this issue. Day one will focus on the problem of marine debris and current research. Day two will focus on finding solutions to the problem and day three will include a hands-on training session on the methodology of monitoring marine debris.
To learn more, check out some of these links:
- Marine Debris Summit to Focus on Africa
- African Summit on Marine
- First African Marine Debris Summit to share learning on marine debris
- Marine Pollution: A Simple Summary
- Read about potential solutions to plastic pollution
- Update on Ocean Pollution
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