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.

Ocean Innovation Challenge

10 February 2020

UNDP has launched a new call to action— Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) to accelerate progress on SDG 14 targets. The OIC seeks innovations that are transferable, replicable and scalable. The Challenge grants range from US$5


The Nippon Foundation Sustainable Ocean Programme Thematic Fellowship

4 February 2020

Call for applications The Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) of the Office of Legal Affairs is now accepting applications for the 2020 session of the United Nations – The Nippon Foundation Thematic Fellow


Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge

6 January 2020

The UN Environment Programme has launched the Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge, a startup competition for startups enabling sustainable everyday living in Asia and the Pacific. Applications are open until January 23,


Plastic bag ban underway in Thailand

1 January 2020

1 January 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: The new year marked the start of the ban on plastic bags in Thailand, implemented by around 75 brands under the Thai Retailers Association to reduce plastic waste in the country. The aim is to re


Plastic waste management demonstration area launched in Rayong

20 December 2019

The Thailand Minister of Natural Resources and Environment has inaugurated a project for integrated marine waste management, in a new demonstration area in Rayong, attended by UN Environment Programme.


Malaysia to Return 42 Containers of Illegal Plastic Waste to U.K

26 November 2019

Malaysia will return 42 containers of illegal plastic waste to the U.K., which has agreed to take them back, as the Southeast Asian nation continues its fight against becoming the world’s dumping ground for trash. The containers


First Alliance to End Plastic Waste forum held in South East Asia

28 August 2019

Global companies from across the value chain, including plastic manufacturers, held the first Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) forum in SEA.


Siam Cement Group (SCG) promotes a more circular economy

26 August 2019

At the 10th Sustainable Development Symposium, SCG announced that 45 partners from the public, private, non-profit and intergovernmental sectors have banded together to form a network to drive the circular economy.


Action plan on marine litter is agreed for South East Asia

28 June 2019

Efforts to combat marine litter in South East Asia have been given a boost by the adoption of East Asian Seas Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter.


ASEAN Declaration on Combatting Marine Debris

22 June 2019

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has promised in a joint declaration that its members will take concrete actions to “prevent and significantly reduce marine debris”.


Collaboration to combat marine litter in Thailand

7 June 2019

UNEP, supported by the Government of Sweden, is forging partnerships between Government agencies, the private sector, civil society and academia in Thailand, to tackle the transboundary challenge of marine litter.

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