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A round up of news from around South-east Asia, focussing on initiatives from governments, private sector and civil society towards cleaner seas, less plastic wasted and a more circular economy.

Turning the tide on ocean plastic

9 May 2021

Seven Clean Seas was started in 2018 by social entrepreneurs Tom Peacock-Nazil and his wife Pamela Correia, who realized there was a huge opportunity to educate and engage companies to be...

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Waste as an opportunity

9 May 2021

People in Singapore can now join in the global effort to end plastic waste through a new programme launched in April. Clean4Change is a 150-day programme geared to...

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Despite consensus, plastic continues to pile up

9 May 2021

Plastic pollution is never far away in South-East Asia. It’s in the streets, the rivers, the forests, the beaches and almost anywhere else you care to look...

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From straws to pillows

23 April 2021

The Solid Waste Management Association (Thailand) – SWAT – launched their Plastic Footprint Reduction Project by signing a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with...

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Viet Nam becoming a growing force in tackling transboundary marine litter and plastic pollution

14 April 2021

Viet Nam is pushing to become a regional pioneer in transboundary marine litter and plastic pollution reduction according to a recent online conference...

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Sustaining the response to plastic pollution and marine litter

14 April 2021

Among the many adverse consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the sudden surge in the volume of plastic waste, particularly for products used for personal protection...

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Responsible business practices, human rights and plastic pollution

14 April 2021

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) hosted a webinar training session on responsible business practices that align with...

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Together progressing towards less plastic wasted

1 April 2021

The SEA of Solutions 2020 hybrid partnership event – over three days from 24-26 November – hosted by UN Ambassadors Nadya Hutagalung and Antoinette Taus, and featuring...

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Greater Good Grants

6 November 2020

Plastic Waste Photo Contest

9 September 2020

Overview Overview The Plastic Waste Partnership: photography contest Plastic waste – A Global Problem The pollution of our marine and terrestrial environment by plastic waste is one of the most pressing global environmental chal

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COBSEA and National University of Singapore launch database of marine litter research from 13 Asian countries

5 August 2020

COBSEA and National University of Singapore launch database of marine litter research from 13 Asian countries   Bangkok, 5 August 2020 – With plastic pollution a major priority for governments across Asia, scientists have been

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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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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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