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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.

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

Banyan Tree Global Foundation has announced a call for proposals, deadline 31st December midnight Singapore Time, for projects up to US $10000 of a 1 year duration. The foundation is welcoming applications for social, environmenta

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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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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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Earth Day 2020: Welcome to Earth School

22 April 2020

22 April 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: Today, on Earth Day 2020, over 1.5 billion children aren’t able to go to school. During this moment of schooling at home, many parents are looking for top quality educational resources to help t

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