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.

Activities to teach your children about plastic pollution

2 April 2020

Schools and gatherings are being cancelled around the world as a result of the Novel Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak. It can be difficult to occupy your children with exciting activities for hours on end, especially when you may als


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


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


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


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


Advancing women’s rights and tackling marine plastic pollution in South-East Asia

8 March 2020

This International Women’s Day, SEA circular is focusing on how plastic pollution and the resulting degradation of marine and coastal ecosystems, threaten women’s rights.


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


SEA circular launches initiative for businesses and local governments in Malaysia to reduce plastic footprint

1 March 2020

SEA circular is working with businesses, city councils and municipalities in Malaysia, to reduce their plastic footprint.


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.


Circulate Capital closes US$ 106M fund to protect Asia’s ocean from plastic

4 December 2019

4 December 2019, Singapore: Circulate Capital, a Singapore-based investment management firm dedicated to incubating and financing companies and infrastructure that prevent ocean plastic in South and South-East Asia (SSEA), held th


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


SEA of Solutions 2019: Advancing partnerships towards less plastic wasted

18 November 2019

SEA of Solutions 2019 – held from 11-14 November 2019 – was the first annual partnership week convened by SEA circular. The event brought together governments, businesses, scientists, international organizations and community


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.

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