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Round up of news from around the South East Asia region, focussing on the initiatives from governments, private sector, civil society towards cleaner seas, less plastic wasted and a more circular economy.

SEI survey: Transition to circular economy for private enterprises

29 June 2020

29 June 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) are conducting a survey for a project on transition to circular economy for private enterprises in South-East Asia. This survey will increase understanding of

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SEA circular report launch: Consumers and business concerned about plastic waste but expect governments to do more

22 June 2020

UNEP and FIA have released a regional survey of consumers and food and beverage businesses across South-East Asia that shows a significant disconnect between expectation and action on reducing plastic waste.

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World Oceans Day 2020: Innovation for a sustainable ocean

8 June 2020

8 June 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: World Oceans Day 2020 is focusing on ‘Innovation for a sustainable ocean’. SEA circular joins this global movement today, looking at how data, technology,  market-driven solutions, and

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Alex Rendell named UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador for Thailand

5 June 2020

Bangkok, 5 June 2020 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced Alex Rendell as a National Goodwill Ambassador for Thailand. Alex is an actor and co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Environmental

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World Environment Day 2020: Plastic pollution threatens marine biodiversity in South-East Asia

4 June 2020

5 June 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: This World Environment Day 2020, UNEP is drawing attention to biodiversity loss and protection, and calling on communities, businesses, organisations and governments to act #ForNature. Plastic pollu

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2020 Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

18 May 2020

18 May 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: The COVID-19 crisis has dramatically disrupted business and exposed major vulnerabilities in the economy and global supply chains. This OECD event ​will gather thought leaders from government and

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COVID-19 pandemic may give Asia-Pacific’s oceans a chance to recover, highlights new UN report

13 May 2020

13 May 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: The well-being of oceans in the Asia-Pacific region are edging closer to a tipping point due to the unprecedented pace of marine pollution, overfishing and climate change in recent years. However, a

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Virtual Regional Launch Of Changing Sails: Accelerating Regional Actions For Sustainable Oceans In Asia And The Pacific

12 May 2020

12 May 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: A new regional report on sustainable oceans in Asia and the Pacific is launching this week. The SEA circular project contributed to this significant publication. Join a virtual launch session on You

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Plastic use rising in SEA due to COVID-19

13 April 2020

13 April 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: Single-use plastic bags are making a comeback as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. After their use was restricted at the start of the year, plastic bags can once again be seen littering the st

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SEA circular’s message to you during COVID-19

9 April 2020

9 April 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: During this ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and response situation, we wish to extend our best wishes to you, your colleagues and family in the hopes you are all safe at this difficult time. UNEP has, al

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Supermarkets in Ho Chi Minh City to be free of plastic bags by the end of this year

3 April 2020

3 April 2020, HCMC, Viet Nam: All supermarkets, trade centres, convenience stories, and bookstores in Ho Chi Minh City are striving to replace plastic bags with environmentally friendly options by the end of this year. This move i

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#CleanSeas #StayHome challenge

2 April 2020

4 May 2020: Children worldwide are out of school and learning from home, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. It can be difficult to occupy your children with exciting activities for hours on end, especially when you may also

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Hotels in SEA focus on ‘less plastic wasted’ when they re-open for business after COVID-19

27 March 2020

UNEP is working with the hotel and hospitality sector in South-East Asia to reduce plastic use when they re-open for business after COVID-19. 27 March 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: As the tourism industry faces a crisis in South-East A

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BYO schemes under threat in South-East Asia due to coronavirus

25 March 2020

25 March 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: Bring your own (BYO) container schemes are being suspended across the region due to concerns about cross-contamination from reusable containers.  In a new report, Eco-Business highlights some foo

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Waste management an essential public service in the fight to beat COVID-19

24 March 2020

Geneva, 24 March 2020: With the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continuing to spread and its impacts upon human health and the economy intensifying day-by-day, governments are urged to treat waste management, including of

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SEA circular advances coordination on marine litter and plastic circular economy initiatives in South-East Asia

9 March 2020

9 March 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: SEA circular is working to advance coordination on regional marine litter and plastic circular economy initiatives. The need for ambitious actions to combat marine litter in the South-East Asia and

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SEA circular supports hotels in Thailand to reduce plastic waste

6 March 2020

6 March 2020: SEA circular is launching an initiative to support the hotel industry and the hospitality sector in Thailand to reduce plastic waste. Tourism, and the related hospitality sector, is a major contributor to plastic was

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